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Talon '91 • Volume 65 
The American University • 4400 Massachusetts Avenue • Washington, D.C. 20016 

It was May 1990 when the returning TALON staff first met to brainstorm 
ideas for a theme. Since the TALON represents The American University 
community, the theme had to be something that would encompass not 
only the TALON, but also AU as a whole. For nearly two months, the 
editor in chief and staff struggled to find the perfect theme. Ideas such as 
"Genesis", "A Celebration of Diversity", and miscellaneous song titles 
bounced around 228 Mary Graydon Center. It is often said among year- 
book staffers that creating a yearbook is much like having a baby; a theme 
is its name. Just as one wants to give a child a special name, the TALON 
felt the same way about its theme, fl Finally, it was decided upon: TALON 
'91 - Expanding The Tradition. Why? Webster's Dictionary defines "ex- 
panding" as expressing, enlarging or developing in detail. 

A " tradition " is the hand- 
ing down of beliefs and 
customs by word of 
mouth or example, or an 
inherited pattern of 
thought. Since the theme 
is chosen before the aca- 
demic year begins in 
order to give the book 
guidance, the staff had to 
attempt to predict the 
forthcoming year. Over 
the summer of 1990, sev- 
eral events took place 
which indicated that 
1990-1991 would be, from 
a university standpoint, 
an expansion of tradition. 
II With the return of 
opening convocation, an- 
other homecoming week, 
the creation of a pres- 
idential search com- 
mittee, and the subse- 
quent appointment of a 
new president, The 
American University re- 
turned to a traditional 
approach to academia. 
Simultaneously, it 

stepped into the future 

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The Talon needed a logo, a trademark, something that would symbolize the publica- 
tion and its strength. A trademark could be defined as "a distinctive sign by which a 
person or thing comes to be known". In the past, the Talon had nothing to symbolize 
itself, nothing that would give it instant recognition. If the organization was to be 
treated like any other publication or business, then it needed to act as one. The adop- 
tion of a logo was the first step in many to achieve that goal. 
My quest began with research. After hours of sketching different positions of claws, 
I finally made a decision. The chosen claw was that of an attacking eagle, honing in 
on its prey. It was chosen for its boldness, its overall asthetic look, but most of all 
because it symbolized the strong reputation of the Talon, and of The American Uni- 
versity as a whole. 

Conversion of the final drawing into the system of lines and intervals we see in the 
final logo was no easy task. Each line had to be placed with precision. Much like the 
Talon staff, every line works in conjunction with, and depends upon all of the 
others. No one line stands alone. One line is just that: one line. Only together can 
they form the final trademark. -In 

Complimenting the theme itself, the Talon logo is an expansion on tradition. Its bold 
look represents a promising future for the Talon. With the passing of each year, it 
will symbolize the traditions which have been expanded upon in the past, and will 
hopefully instill within us the initiative to expand, in the future, those traditions 
which exist today. 
-C. Kokinos 

Copyright 1991. All rights reserved. 

Library of Congress card catalog number 83-643275 ISSN 0736-9727. 

The copyright of all photographs appearing in Talon '91 revert back to the photographer after publication. 
Vritten permission must be obtained from the Talon '91 editor in chief to reproduce anything other than 
•hotogaphs. Talon '91 was produced by a staff oi students at The American University, without direct affiliation 
~> the university administration. 


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with new and excil 
programs which would 
eventually become tradi- 
tions all their own. The 
TALON staff believed 
that Expanding The 
Tradition would reflect 
upon the year at AU quite 
well. Considering the 
events of the past year at 
the TALON, at The 
American University, in 
Washington, D.C., in the 
United States, and 
around the world, we 
had no idea how fitting 
our theme would be. 
K Since its inception in 
1927, the TALON (or the 
AUCOLA, as the year- 
book was titled until 
1955) has been a time cap- 
sule for the previous aca- 
demic year. This year is 
no different. However, as 
AU grows, so does the 
TALON. We have added 
three new sections — His- 
tory, World Events, and 
International Flair. ^ The 
History section provides 
The American University 

Prelude . 

with various memories 
encompassing a 65-year 
period. It offers insight 
into the yearbook's past 
and the times in which it 
was published, fl The 
World Events section is a 
retrospective look at the 
news that shaped the 
world. 1f We are perhaps 
most proud of the addi- 
tion of the International 
Flair section, a celebra- 
tion of the international 
diversity of our institu- 
tion. K Also, for the first 
time, Greeks appear in 
their own section as a 
tribute to their growth 
and presence on campus. 
Finally, the TALON has 
changed the names of 
some of our sections. The 
Clubs section is now 
Organizations, and 
Sports are now Athletics. 

In design, TALON 
honed its use of graphics, 
artwork, and typestyles. 
We have increased our 
copywriting, adding a 

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story to each layout to ac- 
company our photogra- 
phy. The TALON ex- 
panded upon its tradition 
of journalistic reporting, 
creating visually pleasing 
layouts, and presenting 
an overview of the year 
through students' eyes. 
H Since its beginning, the 
TALON has strived to 
make the yearbook a 
book for, of, and about 
students. Fundamental- 
ly, we exist to create last- 
ing memories for the 
students of The Ameri- 
can University. We must 
show the academic year 
from the perspective of 
the student, for they are 
the most important as- 
pect in any university. 
^J To do this, in addition 
to the major events of the 
year, the TALON cap- 
tures the everyday things 
that make AU special: 
sitting on the main Quad 
with friends, hanging out 
on the Mary Graydon 


Center steps, grabbing a 
cup of coffee in the 
Davenport Lounge, hav- 
ing class in the Woods- 
Brown Amphitheatre on 
a warm spring day. fl To 
most undergraduates, 
major events seem to be 
placed in the short-term 
memory with utmost im- 
portance. Yet, when 
alumni look back on their 
collegiate years, they will 
remember these little 
things. In actuality, it is 
the "less important" 
occurrences that make 
the undergraduate ex- 
perience at The American 
University so unique. 
Fifty years from now, we 
can be sure that gradu- 
ates will speak fondly of 
not only Kennedy Politi- 
cal Union speakers and 
Student Union Board 
concerts, but also of days 
spent sunbathing on the 
Quad or of speaking with 
a professor after class. 
Mere events are not tradi- 

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tion. Tradition some- 
thing that always hap- 
pens, something that has 
been established, some- 
thing that people look 
forward to happening. 
Memories are tradition. 
fl Although a yearbook 
does not create mem- 
ories, it triggers them so 
that the reader might re- 
member their experi- 
ences fondly. As you 
randomly open pages of 
this yearbook, we hope 
that you will recall how 
you fit in with the event 
that is depicted, not 
merely the event itself. In 
this way, TALON '91 ex- 
panded upon its tradition 
of creating lasting mem- 
ories for the students of 
The American Univer- 
sity. U The TALON was 
not the only entity to ex- 
pand upon its tradition. 
Perhaps this past year, 
more than ever, The 
American University 
looked into its past in 

Prelude f 13 

shaping its future. For 
the first time in many 
years, an opening con- 
vocation, which will 
hopefully become a part 
of AU's heritage, was 
held. Planning for AU 
2000, which include uni- 
versity goals on expan- 
sion for the next century, 
continued. An increased 
number of guest speak- 
ers, such as Gavril 
Popov, the mayor of 
Moscow; Linda Ellerbee, 
and Gary Hart enhanced 
student, faculty, staff, 
and administrators 7 
learning experiences. In- 
ternships and coopera- 
tive education programs 
remained successful. 
If Students were more ac- 
tive than ever, both in 
campus issues and world 
events. In the 1960's, 
American University 
students were instru- 
mental in anti-war dem- 
onstrations in our na- 

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tion's capital. In 1991, students once again banded together as some protest-l 
ed against the Persian Gulf War, while others rallied in support of our in-l 
volvement and in support of United States troops. In 1982, nearly 40001 
students protested an 18 percent tuition hike by boycotting classes andl 
rallying on the Quad. The tradition of protest returned this year as students [ 
rallied on the Quad against ServiceMaster, and the attempted "Berendzeni 
buy-out". TI In past years, The American University has been stereotyped! 
as a place that has no school spirit — no tradition. Nestled comfortably in' 
Northwest D . C . , students were believed to attend AU with the attitude that 
this is but a halfway house to somewhere else. They did not realize for what J 
The American University truly stands. This year, The American University] 
proved the naysayers wrong, fl What you hold in front of you now is a test- ] 
ament to a dedicated spirit at The American University. It is the end result of i 
twelve months of work of the TALON staff. We hope you enjoy it. 

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"It has been the earnest aim of this, 
the first Aucola staff, to create a pub- 
lication embodying the highest stan- 
dards of our college, worthy to stand 
as a precedent for succeeding issues 
of its kind, and to be a memorial to the 
classes of '27 and '28. " 

-Vera Stafford, 1927 Aucola 

he Aucola was the 
yearbook of the 
American University- 
College of Liberal Arts. It be- 
came a tradition with its first 
printing in 1927. The university 
was just getting off its feet, hav- 
ing admitted its first class only 
thirteen years previous. By 1925, 
AU boasted a total of 81 grad- 
uate students. 

In 1929, the institution opened 
its doors to undergraduates. It 
became a campus of 90 acres and 
housed students from 27 states 
and many foreign countries. 
Although the country was in the 
midst of the Great Depression, 
enrollment continued to escalate 
and the many card parties and 
dances on campus gave the false 
impression that AU was un- 
affected by financial difficulties. 
In 1930, the first male residence 
hall, Hamilton House, opened. 
Fall enrollment totaled 530 

Four years later, Joseph M. Gray 
was inaugurated as AU's Chan- 
cellor. President Franklin D. 
Roosevelt attended the cere- 
monies. His presence sym- 
bolized the AU tradition that 

began in 1898 with Preside) 
McKinley, encouraging pre 
idential involvement. 
The Aucola first appeared in tl 
roaring 20' s. World War I h< 
just ended, Calvin Coolidge w. 
president, and Babe Ruth was 
shining star in baseball. Tl 
Ford Motor Company ha| 
already introduced the Model ' 
Prohibition existed, and i 
Capone headed the Mob. 
The discovery of flight had b 
come a center of America 
attention, and in 1927, CharL. 
Lindbergh became the first m; 
to fly solo over the Atlant 
Ocean. One year later, Richa 
Byrd flew over the South Pol 
By 1935, the first practical he 
copter and jet aircraft engin 
had been designed. 
Other discoveries carried impc 
tance as well. Alexander Fler 
ing discovered penicillen . 
1928, the same year that Cha 
drasekhara noticed particles 
visible light. Following yea! 
were marked by the invention : 
the electron microscope and t!' 
television camera. In 193i 
Edwin Armstrong develops 
FM radio. 

But the main concern in t: 
United States during this tir 
was the economy. Income tax 
increased, and excise taxes we 
imposed. All banks closed li 
ten days, and some never I 
opened. Welfare, old age, a:i 
unemployment programs wH 
instituted in an attempt to he 
the people. 
As the nation worried about U 
Depression, they looked towci 

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man of vision with a New Deal 
3 offer. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 
lected in 1932, looked to bolster 
le economy and lead the 15 mil- 
on unemployed Americans to a 
etter life. To do so, he began 
rohibiting the exportation of 
ertain U.S. products, created 
)bs and revenue through con- 
duction and public service sec- 
!:>rs in the Works Progress 
.dministration, and financially 
iided farmers through the Agri- 
ulural Adjustment and Federal 
arm Loan Acts. 

|he year 1933 witnessed 
nanges in the economy. FDR's 
rlew Deal had begun to work. 
; nder an Economy Act, govern- 
hent expenditures were re- 
mced by $500 million. The 
:onomy was bouncing back, 
ast as the people of the U.S. 
>oked for hope in Franklin D. 
Roosevelt, other countries 
ought the same in their leaders, 
lolitical unrest captured the 
forld as parties and leaders 
hanged. People wanted 
nange, and often times forced it 
!) occur. 

h 1927, Chiang Kai-shek be- 
ame the head of China. Mao 
se-tung massed opposition 
upport, and in 1934, led his 
ommunist army on the "Long 
llarch". In the Soviet Union, 
oseph Stalin succeeded Lenin 
ifter his death in 1929. 
p 1931, Japan moved aggres- 
i;vely into China, occupying 
ilanchuria. The United States 
•egan developing a "Good 
•leighbor Policy" with Latin 
merican countries, 
.lso during this time, the rise of 
i.dolf Hitler's party in Germany 
treated unrest in nations 
nroughout the world. This un- 
asiness was magnified by 
amors of German rearmament 
rid discontent with the Treaty 
if Versailles. This was only the 
teginning. By 1935, Nazi 
ggression had the world pre- 
iaring for war. 

-R. Lindsey "^ 

Stately Architecture: The 

McKinley Building, as seen in 
1929, was considered to be one 
of AU's most beautiful struc- 
FROM: 1929 Aucola) 

The Opening: Bishop Hurst, 
Founder of The American Uni- 
versity, poses at the ground 
breaking ceremony of the 
campus's first building. 

Women On Campus: Mary 
Graydon Hall was the first all 
female dormitory before it was 
transformed into offices for 
the AU community. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH FROM: 1929 Aucola) 

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An American Pastime: The 

1937 American University 
Football team sits proudly for 
a group photograph. (PHO- 

The Good Old Days: An 

advertisement sports the 
"high prices" of dresses dur- 
ing the 30's. (PHOTOGRAPH 
FROM: 1938 Aucola) 





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"So we build, we build a tradition on 
time which ultimately leads to the cul- 
tured man. " 

-Author Unknown, 1939 Aucola 


Passing The Time: Students 
play cards on the steps of 
Mary Graydon Hall during a 
class break. (PHOTOGRAPH 
FROM: 1942 Aucola) 

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[t was a changing world in 
the late Thirties—a world 
slowly headed toward war, 
world that was facing scientific 
liscoveries and advances that 
!ere to mark the Twentieth 

jhe majority of people attend- 
,g American University at the 
me were female. Enrollment 
opped, and few people were 
jt involved in the war effort in 
>me way. The Red Cross had a 
ation located on the campus, 
ney trained women to care for 
e injured and helped prepare 
em for the results of war. In 
•43, the navy built a temporary 
creation center beside Mas- 
chusetts Avenue to accomo- 
ite the WAVEs living at AU. 
merican University, once 
■ ;ain, turned its campus over to 
e military as it had in previous 
ars. AU became known as 
lamp AU". 

I America, 1936 was the first 
far of Social Security. In 1937 
milia Earhart took that fateful 
'>yage, disappearing, never to 
ll' heard from again. 
l'he War of The Worlds" was 
prformed on radio by Orson 
'elles, causing many to think 
1 at martians had landed in 
lew Jersey and were invading 
te nation. In 1939, as World 
1 ar II began in Europe, the Su- 
jeme Court ruled that sit-ins 
'ere illegal. 

ae War truly affected the U.S. 
i 1940, when Congress ap- 
foved the first peacetime draft. 
lie Alien Registration Act, 
mich introduced the "Green 
urd" to America, was also 
jissed by Congress in 1940. 
he Ford Motor Company 
fcned its first contract with the 
fnited Auto Workers Union 
CAW) in early 1941. Later that 
«'ar, the Japanese attacked 
I'arl Harbor, and the United 
Sates entered the Second World 

In 1942, a period often referred 
to as the darkest time in U. S. his- 
tory, President Roosevelt issued 
an executive order interning 
120,000 Japanese-Americans on 
the West Coast. That same year 
the Manhattan Project com- 

In 1943, the President barred all 
military contracters from racial 
discrimination in their hiring, 
promoting, and payment of 
workers. This was seen as the 
first step toward racial equality 
in the United States. 
In the rest of the world, war was 
the main focus. Ever since the 
National Socialist Party (NAZI) 
came to power in Germany, Hit- 
ler had built up his armies and 
invaded neighboring countries. 
Millions of Jews were killed and 
tortured in Nazi concentration 

In 1936, Germany re-occupied 
the Rhineland and set up an 
"Axis" with Italy. General 
Francisco Franco began a revolt, 
triggering the Spanish Civil 
War. In England, King Edward 
abdicated his throne in order to 
marry an American. 
The following year, the Ger- 
mans supported Franco by 
bombing targets in Spain on his 
behalf. Halfway around the 
World, the Japanese took over 
Peking (now Beijing) and 
Shangai in China. 
By 1938, Austria was annexed by 
Germany, and Germany gained 
the Sudentenland from Czecho- 
slovakia in the Munich Pact. 
Hitler annexed all of Czechoslo- 

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vakia in 1939. General Franco 
captured Madrid, ending the 
Spanish Civil War, and the 
Russian-Finnish War came to an 
end as the Finns surrendered. 
Italy invaded Albania, and Ger- 
many invaded Poland, trigger- 
ing World War II. 
The war heated up in 1940. Ger- 
many invaded France, Belgium, 
Denmark, and Norway. Only the 
English victory in the Battle of 
Britain prevented the Germans 
from invading England. Joining 
the act, Italy invaded Greece, 
and then joined in the war 
against England and France. 
The Japanese also sided with the 
Berlin-Rome Axis powers. 
In 1941, the Germans invaded 
the Soviet Union. A joint effort 
between Germany and Italy led 
to the invasion of Egypt later 
that year. On December 7, the 
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, 
forcing America into the war. 
While the Japanese managed to 
capture the Philipines and most 
of Southeast Asia by 1942, the 
Battle of Midway gave the Unit- 
ed States and Allies control of 
the Pacific. In North Africa, the 
Germans began to retreat. 

-S. Farha ><**> 

History ^ 21 

"This is a book depicting progress- 
progress in our civilization. Today we 
are in the process of rebuilding that 
civilization— a civilization whose 
foundation must be built on truth, 
beauty, peace, freedom, and brother- 
hood. " 

-A u th or Unkn o wn, 1 948 A u cola 


^7""wr fter over two years of 
fLJI fighting, 1944 brought 
jJL hope that World War II 
*•' might end. For the 

American University-College of 
Liberal Arts, this meant hope of 

From 1944 to 1945, AU con- 
tinued along the same path it 
had trodden for the past ten 
years. The university was at a 
standstill. Navy WAVEs re- 
mained on campus, and the 
majority of students were 
female. The university and its 
community struggled with mea- 
ger supplies, lack of funds, and 
inadequate staffing. 
In 1946, one year after the end of 
World War II, American Uni- 
versity took over the WAVE rec- 
reation center, naming it the 
Leonard Student Center. Later, 
the building was renamed the 
Cassell Center. Hurst Hall class- 
rooms re-opened, and housing 
for returning Veterans who had 
married was established. In ex- 
tracurricular activities, the 
Board of Trustees voted not to 
re-instate varsity football, which 
had been suspended during the 
war, but to religate the sport to 
club status. Fall enrollment 
totaled 3,578, over twice that of 


After years of independence 
the Washington College of Lav 
merged with American Uni 
versify in 1949. 

America in 1944, was immerse* 
in wartime activities. While th 
Allies invaded Normandy; liber 
ated Rome, Paris, and Brussells 
and defeated the Japanese nav 
in the Leyte Gulf, food and gas 
oline rations continued at home 
Women and blacks worked ii 
steel, airplane, and shipyard in 
dustries, compensating for th] 
lack of white male workers. 
World War II officially ended fo 
the United States on Septembe 
2, 1945, with the surrender c 
the Japanese. The first atomi 
bombs had been dropped o; 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki on: 
month earlier, and the Europea: 
war had ended in June whe:: 
Germany admitted defeat 
Veterans returned to their job? 
leaving the men and wome 
who had taken their place, urj 
employed. Black ghettos bega 
to form in inner cities. Mea 
while, Hitler committed suicidi 
Mussolini was assassinated, an 
newly elected President Harol 
S. Truman attended the Pos 
dam Conference to discuss pos' 
war settlements. 
In 1946, the League of Nation 
was replaced by the United Nc 
tions. Ho Chi Minh, leader c 
the communist party in Vie 
nam, warred against the Frenc 
in Indochina. In Nuremberg 

German war crime trials wei 


The Marshall Plan, calling fc 

continued increases in the U.' 

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efense budget, went into effect 
j 1947. Fear of communism 
; 'read throughout the nation. 
' le Cold War had begun. In the 
liddle East, plans for seperate 
]wish and Arab states were re- 
j:ted, while India and Pakistan 
Jrmed independant countries. 
' 48 was marked by a booming 
« onomy . The United States had 
j covered from the effects of the 
^ar and emerged as a super- 
pwer of the World. In foreign 
dations, this was demonstrat- 
| by the Berlin Blockade. The 
|S. performed airlifts, carrying 
applies to West Berlin for al- 
iost a year. 

I; the rest of the world, chaos 
Erupted. War began between 
l,e Arab League and the newly 
frmed nation of Israel. Ghandi 
(as assassinated; Czechoslo- 
vakia formed a communist gov- 
inment; and Korea divided into 
brth Korea and South Korea. 
'\e chaos continued into the 
ii;xt year as Mao Tse-tung 
[lined control of China. South 
<;.Tica established its apartheid 
l^licy, and Germany officially 
i.vided from east to west. 
lender Truman, the North 
,,tlantic Treaty Organization 
Irmed, and the Truman Doc- 
fine, providing aid to op- 
ines s e d peoples, passed 
trough Congress. 
,ie early 50's were a time of con- 
l.rmity in the United States, 
bmmunist threats appeared to 
I' everywhere. Society rejected 
aything "un-American", and 
I'mily roles became very tradi- 
bnal. Newly created suburbs 
i>peared. This was the begin- 
ing of rock n' roll, poodle 
sirts, and dances such as the 

I the World, past conflicts con- 
laued as North Korea attacked 
Imth Korea in 1950. The attack 
marked the involvement of U.S. 
'Dops. One year later, Chinese 
aops had occupied Tibet. 

-S. Lindsey ~*s*> 

Good Times: A dance held in 
1951 differed greatly from 
today's concerts in the Tavern. 

Post-War: An advertisement 
from 1945 demonstrates the 
effects of the war on the 
American consumer. (PHO- 

^ost- war Plans 


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New Addition: The American 
University Mens Swimming 
team premieres in 1947. 
A ucola) 

History <^23 

ith a new year, came 
new leadership. Dr. 
■ Hurst R. Anderson 
was inaugurated as American 
University's president in 1952. 
Dr. Anderson and his adminis- 
tration, in the next sixteen years, 
succeeded in providing an 
atmosphere of growth and op- 
portunity at AU. 
In 1954, the radio and television 
building opened, and WAMU 
was given better broadcasting 
capacity. A new School of Busi- 
ness Administration occupied 
McKinley Hall the following 
year, and Roper and Clark resi- 
dence halls opened. The Aucola, 
in its final year, surprised AU, 
publishing color pages for the 
first time. 

In acknowledgement of the 
American University-College of 
Liberal Arts' transition to The 
American University after the 
addition of the SBA, AU's year- 
book changed its name to The 
Talon in 1956. While the pictorial 
style of the book remained the 
same for many years to come, its 
cover became dominated by 

The expansion of AU continued 
in full-swing throughout the 

next three years. In 1957, the 
first Tompkins addition to the 
Battelle Memorial Library was 
constructed. Gray and McCabe 
residence halls opened, and the 
School of Government and 
Public Affairs was established. 
Fall enrollment increased to 1 100 

At the urging of President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1958 
marked the opening of the 
School of International Service. 
AU also created the Center for 
Technology and Administra- 
tion. In 1959, Hughes Hall 
opened to accomodate an in- 
creasing campus population. 
McCarthyism and the Red Scare 
prevailed in the United States 
throughout the 50's. Suburbian 
America expanded quickly, and 
the nation, under the Eisen- 
hower administration, enjoyed 
peaceful times as U.S. involve- 
ment in the Korean War ended 
in 1953. 

In 1954, the Nautilus became the 
first atomic submarine launched. 
The U.S. Supreme Court unani- 
mously banned racial segrega- 
tion in public schools, launching 
the Civil Rights movement. In 
1955, Reverand Dr. Martin 
Luther King, Jr. led a black 
boycott of the Montgomery Ala- 
bama bus system. Two years 
later, federal troops were used 
to protect intergration rights in 
Little Rock, Arkansas. 
In 1958, Alaska was admitted as 
the forty-ninth state of the 
Union. One year later, Hawaii 
became the fiftieth. 
On the world scene, Jawaharlal 

Nehru was elected first prime 
minister to India in 1952. A yeai 
later, North and South Korea 
reached an armstice, and de- 
spite continued problems, U.Sj 
troops came home. That same 
year, the leadership of the Soviet 
Union changed to Malenkov 
with the death of Stalin. Tha 
hydrogen bomb was developed, 
the DNA molecule was mapped, 
and the Viet Minh from Vietnam 
invaded Laos. 

Viet Minh troops defeated the 
French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. 
Vietnam officially divided into 
North Vietnam and South Viet- 
nam. In an attempt to decrease 
fighting and growing tensions, 
the South-East Asia Treaty Or- 
ganization formed. The Warsaw 
Pact between the U.S.S.R. and 
European communist states was 
signed in 1955. Soon after/. 
Argentine President Juan Peron 
was exiled. 

In 1956, the Soviets crushed an 
uprising in Hungary. Egypt took 
control of the Suez Canal, while, 
on the Egyptian homefront, 
Israel invaded. 

Throughout the 50's, the explo- 
ration of space had become an- 
other battle field for the U.S. and 
U.S.S.R.. In 1957, the SovieJ 
Union launched its first artificial 
satellite, Sputnik I. One yean 
later, the U.S. launched their 
first, Explorer I. 
A revolution began in Cuba in 
1957, as Fidel Castro strength- 
ened his public support. Also in 
1957, the European Common 
Market formed. 
Egypt, Syria, and Yemen creafr 
ed the United Arab States the 
following year. Charles dl 
Gaulle was elected president of 
France. In 1959, Fidel Castrc 
succeeded in overthrowing Ful- 
gencio Batista and becam* 
Cuban premier. The United 
States looked on in fear as a com] 
munist state formed only a few 
hundred miles from the Flo] 
ridian coastline. 

-S. Lindsev "^ 

24 ^ Talon '91 



Improving Education: Pres- 
ident Eisenhower speaks to 
graduates at commencement. 

"Higher education, and indeed all 
education, along with the entire 
American way of life, has been threat- 
ened by a mighty force. But mightier 
than communism, mightier than ter- 
rorism, are the forces of God and de- 
mocracy. . . " 

In troduction, 1 955 A ucola 

Ancient Times: Hurst Hall 
housed the College of History 
until The American University 
expanded to include degrees 
outside of liberal arts. (PHO- 

History fc 25 

"W"^) elatively quiet times 
■M* existed at The 
_IL \ American University 
" V# during the 1960's. 
While the world rock'n'rolled to 
the sound of the Beatles, an- 
other war brewed over the hori- 
zon, Civil Rights activism grew, 
and a presidential assassination 
halted the nation. But on this 
upper Northwest campus, AU 
students did little but study. The 
university was quickly becom- 
ing attractive to undergradu- 

As the student population grew 
and changed, so did the 
campus. In 1960, the Asbury 
Building was completed. In 
1962, Watkin's Art Gallery and 
McDowell Hall opened. Letts 
Hall, another dormitory; the 
John Sherman Myers Law build- 
ing; Kay Spiritual Life Center; 
and Anderson Hall were also 
completed between 1963 and 
1966. In 1967, even more phys- 
ical changes occurred as Beeghly 
Chemistry building and Leon- 
ard Hall opened. An addition to 
Asbury was also finished, and 
Roper, Clark, McCabe, and 
Gray dormitories were convert- 
ed to faculty offices with 

seminar rooms. 

The American University 
campus witnessed educational 
changes during this time as well. 
In 1960, Senator John F. Ken- 
nedy gave a campaign address 
on campus prior to his pres- 
idential election. JFK returned in 
1963 to speak at commence- 
ment, making his mark on both 
AU and the World with com- 
ments concerning the banning 
of nuclear arms testing. The 
Lucy Webbs Hayes School of 
Nursing and the College of Con- 
tinuing Education were also es- 

Meanwhile, in 1960, the 
American public witnessed one 
of the most bruising political 
campaigns in known history. It 
featured the first nationally tele- 
vised debates, leading to the one 
vote per precinct win of John F. 
Kennedy over Richard M. 

The Civil Rights Movement also 
took off in 1960. More than 
70,000 students participated in 
sit-ins protesting segregation. 
The U.S. severed relations with 
Cuba in 1961, and then invaded 
the country. The invasion, 
known as the Bay of Pigs failed 
militarily, yet succeeded in rais- 
ing tensions in the area. Alan 
Sheppard took the first ever U.S. 
manned space flight. 
After test-ban negotiations 
broke down in 1962, the U.S. re- 
sumed atmospheric testing of 
nuclear weapons. JFK ordered 
the blockade of Cuba, which 
was followed by the Cuban 
Missle Crisis. Later that year, 
John Glenn became the first 

American to orbit the Earth, and 
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring 
was published, launching the 
enviromentalist movement. 
In the following year, blacks in 
Birmingham, Alabama, began 
mass demostrations for civil 
rights, and Martin Luther King, 
Jr. led a civil rights march on 
Washington. The High Court 
ruled it illegal to have manda- 
tory Bible readings in schools. 
The first White House-Kremlin 
"hot line" was installed. Mean- 
while, demonstrators led by the 
War Resistors League protested 
against increasing U.S. involve- 
ment in Vietnam. 
President John F. Kennedy had 
called for world peace. On No- 
vember 22, 1963, in Dallas, 
Texas, he was assassinated, 
causing a nation to halt and 
mourn for lost hope. 
The year 1964 was monumental. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. wasi 
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 
The Twenty-fourth Ammend- 
ment eliminated the poll tax in 
federal elections. Congress 
passed a Civil Rights Act and the 
Gulf of Tomkin Resolution, sup- 
porting U.S. involvement in the 
war in Indochina. More troops 
were sent. 

Malcolm X was assassinated in 
1965. One year later, The Na- 
tional Organization for Women 
was founded in America. Medi- 
care also began paying for health 
care of the elderly. 
In 1967, 200,000 people marched 
in New York in continued pro- 
test of the Vietnam War. The 
first black Supreme Court Jus- 
tice, Thurgood Marshall, was 
appointed. Racial rioting in 
Newark, New Jersey and in De- 
troit, Michigan left over 60 dead. 
In response, J. Edgar Hoover, 
authorized activities against 
black nationalist groups. 
Throughout all this, The Talon 
remained a picturial, never re- 
ferring to either Vietnam or civil 
rights until 1967. 

-S. Farha "*■* 

26 ^ Talon '91 


"The i963 Talon presents The 
American University... 'as the cross- 
roads of the world. '" 

-Janet Claire Moyer, 1963 Talon 

Expansion: AU begins con- 
struction of a new con- 
temporary library adjacent to 
the McKinley building. (PHO- 

Reigning Beauties: The year- 
books during the 1960's were 
filled with pictures of various 
beauty queens, such as this 
Homecoming Queen. (PHO- 

History ^c 27 

Winter Wonderland: Students 
walk down a snow filled side- 
walk between classes. (PHO- 

28 ^ Talon '91 

he late sixties and earl) 
seventies were times ol 
turmoil and transitior 
for the World. The Americar 
University and The Talon were 
no different. Throughout these 
years, The Talon used bole 
photography and strong word 
to portray the times. The 196c 
and 1969 yearbooks in par- 
ticular, displayed monumenta 
changes to those years previous. 
For the university itself, expan- 
sion continued. In 1968, the 
New Lecture Hall and an addi- 
tion to Mary Graydon Centei 
were finally completed and 
opened for university use. Thif 
closed the northwest side of the 

Hurst R. Anderson retired thai 
year, having been President o! 
The American University for the 
past sixteen years. Dr. Ander 
son had been the driving force 
behind major renovations anc 
construction which had resultec 
in a total of 22 new buildings anc 
six additions during his tenure. 
By 1972, the School of Public 
Administration, the School o 
International Service, the Centei 
for the Administration of Jusj 
rice, and the Center for Tech 
nology and Administration in 
corperated into the College o 
Public Affairs. Two years later 
the college was renamed the 
College of Public and Inter 
national Affairs. 
On a national scope, the yea: 
1968 began with the assassina 
tion of presidential cantidate 
Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The 
great civil rights leader, Martir 
Luther King, Jr. was also assassi 
nated, throwing the nation': 
black community into sadness 
and anger. The Vietnam Wa 
was in full swing, with mam 
atrocities being attributed t( 
both the United States anc 
Vietnam. Violent protest: 
occurred at home, openly dem 
onstrating discontent with th< 
deployment of over 500,000 U.S 
troops. Meanwhile, the Soviet: 

nvaded Czechoslovakia in 
irder to curb an uprising, and 
.vlorth Korea seized the U.S. 
,iavy ship, Pueblo. 
,)ur space program moved ever 
,orward, and July 1968 found 
.Jeil Armstrong and Edwin 
\ldren, Jr. as the first men to 
and on the moon. In November 
,969, Richard Gordon pilotted 
he command module for the 
,econd moon landing when data 
nd lunar materials were collect- 

,'he Seventies began as a cul- 
oination of the late Sixties, with 
he continuation of the Vietnam 
,Var. Students and others re- 
gained vocale in their protests, 
he black community pushed 
,or equal opportunities and 
eadership roles, and eighteen 
ear olds were given the right to 
,ote in all U.S. elections, 
n 1970, U.S. troops invaded 
Kampuchea. One year later, 
.hina replaced Taiwan in the 
Jnited Nations. 

Vatergate took the nation and 
Vorld by surprise. June 1972 
3und five men arrested for bur- 
larizing the Washington, D.C. 
ifice of the Democratic Na- 
onal Committee in the Water- 
ate Building Complex. The 
"len had been linked to the 
Committee to Re-elect the Pres- 
ient, Richard Nixon. Despite 
ne connection, Nixon was re- 
lected in November, 
vmerican forces began with- 
rawing from Vietnam in 
vugust 1972. The war, in prin- 
ipal, had ended. A negotiated 
ease-fire was signed in January 
973, but frequent violations 

occurred throughout the year. 
The last of the U.S. troops left 
Vietnam in the spring. Spiro T. 
Agnew was forced to resign as 
Vice President of the United 
States amid charges of pay-offs 
by Maryland contractors and in- 
come tax evasion. Also in 1973, 
Egyptian and Syrian attacks on 
Israel caused the "Yom Kippur 
War". Britain took over direct 
rule of Northern Ireland, and a 
military coup in Chile overthrew 
the Marxist government. 
Impeachment proceedings for 
involvement in the Watergate 
affair were forthcoming for 
Richard Nixon. To save face, 
Nixon resigned in August 1974. 
Gerald R. Ford became the 38th 
president, having replaced 
Agnew as Vice President only 
one year previous. 
In 1975, the Vietnam War of- 
ficially ended with the com- 
munist seizure of Saigon. In 
Kampuchea, communists took 
control as well. As a surprise ef- 
fort, the United States and the 
Soviet Union cooperated in 
space. The World had begun to 
see detente. 

-R. Lindsey 

"We were all of us young then. Ex- 
pectant. Anticipating. And planning. 
And making it all ready for the rest of 
us who were also very young then. " 
-Author Unknown, 1968 Talon 


History ^ 29 


Between Classes: People cross 
the Quad as thev walk to their 
next class. (PHOTOGRAPH 
FROM: 1976 Talon) 


"But a yearbook isn 't the place to iron 
out the complexities of life. Year- 
books are more for looking back than 
for peering ahead. " 

-Matthew Jacobs, 1982 Talon 


No More Increase: Students 
gather in front of Mary 
Graydon Center in protest of 
an 18.3 percent tuition hike. 

Saturday Night Fever: A local 
discotech represents the 
dance craze during the 1970's. 

30 ^q Talon '' 

m ^^u* 

BBJbjv ■fit 

L~ 0*4! 

roseph Sislo was inaugurat- 
ed President of The 
American University the 
ame year that Jimmy Carter 
^as inaugurated President of 
le United States. President 
islo believed that AU "has the 
ore and the capacity to be a 
reat university". Meanwhile, 
pme Nostradamus at the 1977 
\alon said that, "It's hard to tell 
ast how the Carter administra- 
;on will work out." 
or the 1976 Bicentennial, AU 
brought such speakers as author 
jlie Wiesel, columnist Art 
uchwald, New York Lieuten- 
it Governor Ann Krupsak, and 
?nators Ted Kennedy, D- 
'lass., Bill Brock, R-Tenn., and 
jichard Schfelker, R-Pa on 
unpus. The death penalty was 
jiled acceptable by the Supreme 
jourt, and detente dominated 
i.S. foreign relations. 
,i 1978, the pre-order price of 
iie Talon was $7.50. Former 
resident Gerald R. Ford was in- 
jted to speak on campus by the 
ennedy Political Union. Mean- 
'hile, the space shuttle orbiter, 
nterprise, flew for the first 
!me. Also, the Middle East 
Framework for Peace" was 
gned by Egypt and Israel after 
^conference at Camp David. 
I 1979, the Kennedy Political 
nion brought such speakers as 
>rmer British Prime Minister Sir 
arold Wilson to speak. Bender 
■brary was built, and the busi- 
es school was renamed the 
iogod College of Business Ad- 
ministration. On a different 
pte, Three Mile Island nuclear 
Dwer plant had a near melt 
pwn, forcing the nation to 
alize the emminent danger of 
iclear reactors. 

•80 brought a new decade and 
■'Inew president for The Amer- 
an University, Richard Ber- 

Ve have someone very special 
Richard Berendzen," Provost 

Milton Greenberg said. "He has 
qualities of leadership not often 
seen in the academic world." 
WAMU-FM held a radiothon for 
D.C. Children's Hospital. 
Ronald Reagan took office, and 
1,000,000 people gathered in 
New York in a silent tribute to 
slain Beatle, John Lennon. The 
U.S. Olympic Committee voted 
not to participate in the Olympic 
Games in Moscow due to the 
Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 
In 1981, Iran released the 
American hostages after 433 
blissful days of bondage. A total 
of 85 people died in a casino 
blaze in Las Vegas, and Pres- 
ident Reagan was shot outside 
the Washington Hilton Hotel by 
John Hinkley, Jr.. Sandra Day 
O'Connor was appointed the 
first woman Supreme Court Jus- 

In 1982, the university contract- 
ed with the Marriott Corpora- 
tion to cater the university's 
food. An Air Florida plane 
crashed into the frozen Potomac 
River on departure from Na- 
tional Airport. 

On February 5, the General 
Assembly voted to boycott 
classes in response to an 18.3 
percent tuition increase. On 
February 15th, 3,100 students 
boycotted classes on the Quad. 
On March 1, the Board of 
Trustees unanimously ap- 
proved the increase. On April 8, 
Ed Tapscott was named head 
basketball coach. 
In 1983, General William West- 
moreland, Secretary of Defense 

Casper Weinberger, and Wash- 
ington Post columnist Richard 
Cohen spoke on campus. The 
Student Union Board presented 
the bands .38 Special and the 
Psychadelic Furs for Spring 
Concert. Sally Ride became the 
first American woman in space. 
5,000 U.S. Marines and Army 
Rangers invaded Grenada. 
In the rest of the world, life was 
anything but inactive. In 1978, 
the U.S. voted to return the 
Canal Zone to Panama in the 
year 2000. 

One year later, Ayatollah 
Khomeini overthrew the Shah of 
Iran, and Iranians seized the 
U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 
hostages. The Soviet Union in- 
vaded Afghanistan. 
Iran and Iraq began war in 1980. 
In Poland, the solidarity trade 
union confronted the com- 
munist policy. 

The next few years brought an 
attempted assassination on 
Pope John Paul II, increased 
terrorism, and continued con- 
flicts in the Middle East and 
Asia. It also brought hope, as 
summit meetings occurred be- 
tween the United States and 
Soviet Union. 

-S. Ayres "*^ > 

History *f^31 

The 80's Epidemic: Student 
Confederation Advisor, Todd 
Shaver, reads the names of 
United States citizens who 
had died of AIDS in an effort 
to increase campus aware- 
FROM: 1990 Talon) 

Set In Stone: The Mas- 
sachusetts Avenue Gate 
beautifies the entrance to The 
American University. (PHO- 


A Friendly Chat: President Be- 
rendzen meets with members 
of the Student Tours and Re- 
cruitment Services to discuss 
future plans for AU. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH FROM: 1989 Talon) 

Vj ■ ) s the Berendzen em 
/Z— I came into full swirvn 
j J The American Unl 
+J versity found itself b j 

coming more involved in Waslj 
ington, D.C. and in the Worlc ; 
The American University yea i 
books from 1983-1990 were r| 
flections of not only AU but | 
the World. Each individual boc 
had its own way of telling i|| 
what happened- varying fromil 
non-traditional monthly diary i|| 
the 1984 Talon to a more trarji 
tional dateline in the 1990 Talom 
The American University fours! 
itself metamorphasizing fromil 
party school into one that w?( 
deeply rooted in and well 
known for its academics. In tr J 
Berendzen era, average SAij 
scores of incoming students ill 
creased nearly 150 points. Hovi 
ever, academic excellence hd 
its price, as the tuition per credl 
also rose from $203 in 1983 1| 
$435 in 1991. 

AU also saw several structur 
changes during this timi 
Clenenden Hall, a former pe: 
forming arts building, was ton 
down in 1986 to make room ft! 
the Khashoggi Sports and Coi 
vocation Center. This left trj 
status of the Cassell Center 1 
jeopardy, and it will be demo 
ished in 1992 to make way fori 
new law school. It also appear 
that a new perfoming arts cenbi 
will be built in 1993. 
As The American Universil 
began admitting more qualifie 
students, its freshman cla; 
grew significantly from year I 
year, causing overcrowding. I 
a result, Centennial Hall, a h<l 
restricted to upperclassmeil 
was built in 1986. 
By 1987, the sports center ha 
been completed. The years fd 
lowing were mainly marked I 
shifts in locations, and the rei) 
ovations of Anderson Hall, par 
of McDowell Hall, Letts Hal 
and Leonard Hall respectively 
Aside from physical and edi 

32 ^ Talon '91 

donal changes, The American 
niversity witnessed a change 

leadership as well, as Pres- 
ent Richard Berendzen re- 
gned amid controversy in 
90. Provost Milton Greenberg 
ok over his duties. As AU 
udents proved that the "me" 
neration was diminishing, 
90 and 1991 were marked by 
otests and a greater sense of 
i>r the nation, these were years 

excess. Despite gas crunches 
the early years, the mid to late 
ij's saw the yuppie phenom- 
\on, days of Gordon Gekko 
id Wall Street Mania. Ameri- 
ns became more and more ob- 
ssed with attaining more and 
ore "stuff". Excess was the key 
i success. AIDS was the 
eatest fear. 

ill, the world was not without 
rife. In October 1984, the 
nited States Embassy in Beruit 
as annihilated. The following 
onth, Indira Ghandi, Prime 
inister of India, was assassi- 
lted. Baby Fae, after living 21 
iys with the heart of a baboon, 
ed. Meanwhile, Third World 
ktions climbed further into 

dkhail Gorbachev took over as 
e Soviet leader in 1985, after 
e death of Konstantine Cher- 
|mko. Jose Napolean Duarte 
pcame President of El Salvador. 
'86 brought further troubles, as 
e United States attacked Libya 

response to their violation of 
ternational water laws. A year 
ter, the U.S. found itself scan- 

lized as stories of the Iran- 

Contra affair reached the public. 
Oliver North became the focus 
of the nation's attention. 
Then, in 1988, the focus changed 
to the presidential election of 
George Bush, the explosion of 
the shuttle Challenger, and the 
Dow Jones crash on Black Mon- 
day. An earthquake rocked Cal- 
ifornia, and U.S. Marines seized 
Grenada. Chernobyl, a nuclear 
plant in the Soviet Union, ex- 
ploded, causing damaging ef- 

The destruction of the Berlin 
Wall marked the year 1989, and 
by 1990, the excess years had 
long past. The U.S. leaned to- 
ward a recession. In the Soviet 
Union, Gorbechev struggled 
with cries for independance 
from Russian states and eco- 
nomic downfall. China curbed 
an uprising of students in 
Tiananmen Square, killing 
many. Later that year, Iraq in- 
vaded Kuwait, and the United 
States deployed troops to Saudi 
Arabia. During the months that 
followed, America entered war. 
The world had finished this 
era in the days of "Desert 

-S. Lerman > ™ 

"We wanted this book to be for each 
one of you, from the groundskeepers, 
to the Wheel of Fortune addicts, to 
the deans. This university, this micro- 
cosm of life that we fondly call A U, in- 
volves every last one of you, and 
sometimes, that is overlooked. " 

-Carrie Earle, 1988 Talon 

History ^C 33 






Dr. Greenberg 

A Thoughtful Time 

What is the greatest ac- 
complishment of the uni- 
versity in the past decade? 

"It is the culmination of a 
decade of planning to 
achieve a special place for 
AU in the community of 
colleges and universities as 
a place of quality and as a 
prestigious undergraduate 
institution with high 
standards. AU is working 
on becoming renowned 
nationally and internation- 
ally and still making much 
use of our location of 
Washington, D.C." 
How will AU accomplish 
that goal?: 

"You need cooperation 
from the faculty, the staff, 
the board and the alumni. 
It's sort of a continuing 
necessity for communicat- 
ing with the various con- 
stituencies and no pres- 
ident, no provost can dic- 
tate program development 
or quality of achievement. 
You have to build an ethos 
within the community that 
celebrates that kind of ex- 

Is AU a community?: 
"In a free system, there is 
no such thing as unan- 
imity. The whole idea is 
that we do differ and the 
important thing is that we 
have a forum in which 
these differences can be ex- 

"I never really understood 
what people mean by a 
community... people keep 
asserting it. I think it's dan- 
gerous to keep asserting a 
phrase without some com- 
mon meaning or under- 


Taking A Break: Interim Pres- 
ident and Provost Milton 
Greenberg enjoys a relaxing 
moment. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: DaVor Photo Inc.) 

36 ^ Talon '91 

Dn that hot, Friday 
afternoon, Interim 
President and Pro- 
vost Milton Green- 
berg did not know 
here to sit. The interview took 
lace in the President's Studv, a 

room that lent itself well to 
either a casual conversation or a 
serious interview. Dr. Green- 
berg, in his shirtsleeves, tie 
loosened, moved animatedly 
from desk to couch to guest chair 
while emphasizing his points. 


Making A Point: Dr. Green- 
berg speaks animatedly dur- 
ing a gathering at Kay Spir- 
itual Center. ( Talon File 


Poised: Greenberg addresses 
the student body during Ken- 
nedy Legacy Week. / Talon File 

After nineteen months as In- 
terim President and Provost of 
The American University, Dr. 
Greenberg reflected freely on 
that "very thoughtful time" in 
his life. While his ascension to 
the presidential ranks was un- 
expected, Greenberg found that 
the AU community was very 

"The university is, was, and will 
be its faculty and students," 
Greenberg said. Greenberg was 
also comforted by his belief that 
the university had faith during 
"those trying times." 
The 1990-91 academic year was a 
year of great change for the uni- 
versity. Greenberg also saw it as 
the culmination of a decade of 
planning to make AU a pres- 
tigious institution. "We still 
have a bit more to go on that, but 
more was probably accom- 
plished toward this in the tenure 
of [the graduating class]," he 

The conversation grew more 
serious as Greenberg began to 
reflect on his term as interim 

Greenberg found that he had 
very little, if any free time. 
"Work and family are the most 
important things in my life," he 
said. "Most of all, I just enjoy my 
work. I've been very fortunate." 
However, Dr. Greenberg's life 
did not revolve around The 
American University. When not 
working, he enjoyed reading, 
jogging, and most of all, spend- 
ing time with his family. He is 
married, with two daughters 
and two grandchildren. One 
daughter and the grandchildren 
lived in San Francisco. The other 
daughter lived in New York. 
"I'm holding down the nation's 
capitol," he joked. 
Greenberg is a man whose en- 

tire career seemed to occur by ac- 
cident. He had not intended to 
become an educator. 
Greenberg was a pre-law stu- 
dent at Brooklyn College in New 
York. His studies were inter- 
rupted by World War II, when 
he was stationed in Germany as 
a paratrooper. Upon returning 
to the United States, Greenberg 
completed his doctoral degree in 
political science (at U. of Wise.) 
and became a professor. 
His ascension up the edu- 
cational ladder was not a short 
trip. After teaching at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, he worked 
at Western Michigan University, 
where he became the political 
science chair. Greenberg was 
then hired as the Dean of the 
College of Arts and Sciences at 
Illinois State University. He fol- 
lowed with a stint as the Vice 
President for Academic Affairs 
at Roosevelt College in Chicago, 
before joining The American 
University as provost in July 
1980. "My whole career just sort 
of happened," he said. 
As provost of AU, Dr. Green- 
berg served as chief academic 
officer. He maintained this posi- 
tion while acting as interim pres- 
ident, and will return to the 
position when Joseph Duffey 
becomes president in July 1991. 
As AU entered a new era, 
Greenberg was not apt to make 
assessments of the future, as he 
did not believe in long-range 
predictions. But, he did believe 
that AU would sustain and build 
on its quality image. 
Meanwhile, Greenberg thought 
of the past and future. He had 
no plans to leave AU. "It's 
been a satisfying life," he 

-S. Lerman I 

Acodemia ^c 37 

The Administration 

"With our new university 
President coming to the 
campus and given the op- 
portunities we have to im- 
plement many of the proj- 
ects envisioned in AU100, 
this certainly marks the be- 
ginning of an exciting time 
for the university. We look 
forward to Dr. Duffey's 
guidance and leadership in 
accomplishing the goals 
set forth in AU100 and, 
building on those suc- 
cesses, in formulating new 
long range goals taking us 
to the year 2000." -D. 
Myers, Vice President for 
Finance and Treasurer 

"In the future A U will be ever more global in its programs and 
more involved in service to the D.C. community. " -R. Norris, 
Vice Provost for University Programs 

38 yc Talon '91 

\ Look Into the Future 

Donald Triezenberg 

"I see continued success 
for The American Uni- 
versity by the year 2000. . . 
Our business school will be 
as well known as our law 
school, not only in Wash- 
ington, but across the 
country and around the 
world. Our endowment 
will have increased ten 
fold... Our undergraduate 
student body will be small- 
er, even more academicallv 
accomplished, better 
served, and more inclined 
to the arts and human- 
ities. " -D. Triezenberg, 
Vice President for Devel- 
opment and Planning 

Maurice J. O'Connell 




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"I envision the campus adorned with new buildings for the 
study of law, the arts, and communications, and expanded 
facilities for library and computer resources. In addition I hope 
we will have renovated residence halls and a student center. 
More importantly, I think we will have a community at peace 
with itself. " -M. O'Connell, Vice Provost for Student Life 

Academic/ ^c39 

The Deans' View 

In the past year, The American 
University underwent great 
changes. Virtually every 
member of the community had 
been affected in some way, 
shape, or form. Perhaps more 
than anyone else, the deans of 
our four schools had seen this 
change, and because of it, each 
maintained a vision for the 
school's future. 

In separate interviews with The 
Talon, each dean reflected upon 
the past year and attempted to 
predict AU's future. 
CAS Dean Betty Bennett stated, 
"over the past year, the College 
of Arts and Sciences continued 
to work together to forge an in- 
tegrated academia community 
....The year was capped in the 
Spring with our first Student Re- 
search Conference, celebrating 
the work of over 100 under- 
graduate and graduate students 
from all areas of the cur- 

SPA Dean Cornelius Kerwin felt 
that "we demonstrated many of 
our strengths as a community 
and as an institution. The ac- 
complishments of the past year 

were many, despite the detrac- 

Dean Louis Goodman of SIS 
agreed. "The past year has been 
an important time of transition 
and community building. Work- 
ing together... our records of ac- 
complishments continued and 
we selected an excellent new 

KCBA Dean Doug Tuggle saw 
two major accomplishments for 
the university: the selection of 
Joseph Duffy as president, and 
the accredidation of KCBA by 
the American Assemble of Col- 
legiate Schools. 

Each was optimistic when pre- 
dicting AU's future, stating that 
the school will solidify itself as a 
national and international pres- 
ence in higher education. Dean 
Tuggle saw "an intellectually en- 
gaging university capitalizing 
upon the diversity in its student 

Dean Goodman stated, "AU will 
strengthen its position as 
a leading, forward-looking, 
globally-oriented uni- 
versity..." M 
-S. Lerman^A 



Betty T. Bennett 

Francis D. Tuggle 

40 ^c Talon '91 

Administrators Witness Change 


Watching With Interest: Dean 
Goodman listens in on a con- 
versation with President- 
Elect, Joseph Duffey. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

■iNG \M 

m ^ J 

1 ^EKlfljj 



Any Questions?: The panel of 
AU administration accepts 
questions from the crowd. 
( Talon File Photograph) 

Louis W. Goodman 


Cornelius M. Kerwin 

Academia ^ 41 

AG's Board- 

The American Uni- 
versity Board of 
Trustees became 
highly visible during 
the year as many 
people's attention focused on a 
part of the university rarely dis- 
cussed at length. 
During the summer, a Pres- 
idential Search Committee was 
created due to the controversial 
resignation of President Ber- 
endzen. Approximately 200 can- 
didates kept the PSC busy from 
its birth until final nominations. 
On November 9, The Washing- 


Listening With Interest: The 
Board of Trustees concentrate 
on Joseph Duifey's speech at 
the March 1 meeting. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Katie Soder- 

Active Trustees 

ton Post shifted the university's 
attention to an unusual agree- 
ment between the BOT and 
President Berendzen for a 
tenure buyout totaling ap- 
proximately $1 million. Student 
protests abounded on campus. 
Alumni threatened to withhold 
donations vital to AU's already 
low endowment, and 84 faculty 
members signed a protest letter. 
Finally, during the first week- 
end of December, Chairman of 
the BOT, Ed Carr, announced 
President Berendzen's return to 
teaching in 1992 and the with- 

drawl of the tenure buyout. 
Three months later, during the 
Board's March 1 meeting, 
Joseph Duffey, former Chan- 
cellor of University of Mas- 
sachusetts at Amherst, was 
chosen as the 12th president of 
The American University. 
During the meeting, the BOT 
also approved a $160 million 
budget, to include an 8.5 percent 
tuition increase for next year. 
Also, the Student Confederation 
won BOT approval to increase 
the Student Activities fee by $5 
per semester for the con- 

struction of a new student hang 
out, the Roost. 
Though the year had been fille 
with the economic woes of a n 
cession and continued tuitio 
increase, the university looke 
toward new leadership with oj 
timism. The BOT moved towar 
improvement, discussing con 
mittee reform and the need for 
model to make the Board moi 
active and involved in the cori 

-Contributing Writer ■ 

42 Nfci Talon '91 



Trying Times: Ed Carr looks 
thoughtful at a press confer- 
ence concerning the Ber- 
endzen issue. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Matt Padula) 

Focused: The board studies 
the reaction of the university 
as Joseph Duffey is an- 
nounced as the new pres- 
Katie Soderman) 

1990-91 B.O.T. 

G. Abramson 

C. Lascaris 

C. Ansary 

J. Loeb, Jr. 

D. Antonelli 

K. Luchs 

S. Bender 
S. Bernstein 

M. Malarkey 
M. Masin 

A. Butler 

J. Mason 

E. Carr 

U. Meese 

R. Cohen 

H. Morgan 

G. Collins 

B. Murphy 

B. Dalloul 

I. Nathan 

H. Dormann 

T. Omar 

J. Driggs 
G. Ellis 

N. Papiano 
W. Pedres 

S. Fantle 

R. Pence 

M. Forman 

V. Reed 

S. Greenberg 

Y. Sugihara 

L. Haan 

J. Tugwell 

L. Haft 

A. Valdez 

Z. Idilby 

H. Vederman 

R. Ireson 
W. Jacobs 

N. Washington 
J. Yeakel 

R. Kogod 

Academic/ vc 43 

Abeyaward, Muditha 

Arzola. Arlene 

Boue, Darin 

Berger, Lyudmila 

Bridges, Stacey 

Broderick. Richard 

Brooks. Stephanie 

Burkholder. John 

Bushaw, Tom 

Butler, Lani 

Carey, Andrew 

Carlson, Eric 

- ■ .. . - 

i*: VI 


44 ^c Talon '91 

Hassman, Eric 

Henry, Michelle 

Himmleberg, Suzanne 

Hofer-Fessele, Sonia 

Huberman, Deborah 

Jacobson, Adam 

Jehle, Barbara 

Kaplan, James 

Kealy, Patrick 

Kim, Eumi 
Kirby, Patrick 
Kisword, Putut 
Kokinos, Christopher 
Kovacs, Catherine 
Lachman, Andrew 

Lampert, Amy 
Larson, Megan 
Lebensberger, Brian 
LeBreton, Fred 
Lee, Karen 
Leritz, David 

Academia >(C 45 


Group Effort: Studying with 
friends makes time fly. 

46 yc Talon '91 


Miller, Sara 
Molloy, Lisanne 
Morgan, tiicole 
Morrison, Katherine 
tiahapatien. Kate 
Over, Rebecca 

Paradis, Nesvi 
Perez, Francisco 
Perez, Linda 
Pickelner, Danial 
Pomar, Julio 
Regaldo, Yvonne 

Repsher, Gail 
Roberts, Wesley 
Ruppert, Karl 
Santosa. Mira 
Schah, Christi 
Schumate, Brigit 

Shelford, Thomas 
Slamick, Sara 
Spicer, Donna 

Steffy, Shawn 
Sterling, Robert 
Suarez, Susana 

Thompson, Megan 
Vega, Gonzalo 
Vice, Daniel 

Westrich, Kevin 
Whitman. Glen 
Woods. Chris 

Woomer, Matthew 
Wright, Danielle 
Wunder, Heidi 

Small Talk: Friends take time 
out to chat in the middle of 
studying. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Academia ^C 47 


Abad-Larriba, Adelina 
Abaqueta, Rachel Y. 
Abbo, Joel 
Abdelrahman, Hala 
Abdi, Minod 
Abdi, Mohamed A. 
Abad-Larriba, Adelina 
Abdulrazzak, Nouf 
Aber, Jan K. 
Abraham, Alexandra H. 
Abraham, Andres K. 
Abraham, Karen 
Abram, Dawn M. 
Abramovici, Nicole C. 
Abramson, Craig N. 
Abu-Shaheen, Joumana E. 
Acharya, Chitra 
Achs, Deborah L. 
Ackley, Eleanor S. 
Adamik, Maria 
Adams, Maria 
Adams, Andrew C. 
Adams, Christopher 
Adams, Lois E. 
Adamson, Kathryn E. 
Adelman, Jennifer S. 
Adewumi, Yejide T.M. 
Adger, Doreen M. 
Adjovi, Chantal H. 
Adler, Jeff D. ^^^^^ 
Aeschlimann, Gregoire 
Afeishat, Mohammad M. 
Agnew, Angela A. 
Agnew, Eleanor J. 
Agrawal, Nitin N. 
Aguilera, Sylvia B. 
Ahern, Patrick J. 
Ahmadu, Saleh 
Ahmed, Nahid M. 
Ahrens, Cynthia D. 
Aiello, Nicole A. 
Akcal, Hasan U. 
Aken, Vicki J. 
Akhdar, Hythum E. 
Akhnoukh, Liza 
Al Khalifa, Hamad 
Al-Ali, Sawsan Y. 
Al-Ghangi, Humaid S. 
Al-Khalifa, Hala 
Al-Khalifa, Mohammed E. 
Al-Khalifa, Mohammed I. 
Al-Khalifa, Tariq M. 
Al-Mutairi, Hazim A. 
Al-Mutawakel, Boushra Y. 
Al-Mutawakel, Mohamed Y. 
Al-Raisi, Amal 
Albanese, Mary Jane 
Albee, Christine M. 
Albence, Matthew T. 
Alberica, Lisa M. 
Albert, Tracey M. 
Alberts, Guthrie S. 
Albrecht, Page N. 

Albrecht, Susan M. 
Alden, Chad J. 
Alderfer, Kristin N. 
Alexander, Gregory P. 
Alexander, Katherine R. 
Alexiou, Christina M. 
Alfaro, Sandra 
Alfisi, Jennifer M. 
Alfowzan, Monirah 
Algeri, Dion A. 
Algosaibi, Ayad S. 
Alhumaid, Mohammed S. 
Alhusseini, Ali M. 
Ali, Mohd Mahboob 
Aljure, Francisco J. 
Alkhalifa, Bader K. 
Alkhalifa, Daij 
Alkhalika, Sulman H. 
Allegra, Patrick 
Allen, Douglas G. 
Allen, Judith 
Allen, Mary K. 
Almoayed, Abeer T. 
Almulla, Abdulla M. 
Alnassar, Suha 
Alperin, Lauren M. 
Alpert, Mark 
Alqufbaisi, Abdullah 
Alshaye, Adeeb A. 
Althouse, Joy S. 
Altieri Perez, Anna Lynn 
Altaian, Erin N. 
Altaian, Jaimie B. 
Alto, Deborah A. 
Altuve, Luis M. 
Alvarado, Jose M. 
Alvarez, Isabel C. 
Alvarez, Roxanne J. 
Alviani Jr., Anthony R. 
Alwazir, Mohammad I. 
Amar, Joanna E. 
Ambrose, Christine E. 
Ambrosino, Jennifer L. 
Amdur, Dave L. 
Amelio, Stacy C. 
Amjadivala, Amir 
Amsellem, David R. 
Amsellem, Phil A. 
Anastasio, Debra A. 
Andersen, Marc J. 
Anderson, Cheryl G. 
Anderson, Diane R. 
Anderson, Donald A. 
Anderson, Elizabeth G. 
Anderson, Kathleen M. 
Anderson, Ketch D. 
Anderson, Laverne 
Anderson, Travis E. 
Andrews, Ilise L. 
Androutsos, Christiana 
Angeli, Maria T. 
Anglin, Genet D. 
Anson, Stacia S. 

Anthony, Samilia 
Anthony, Vanessa 
Antico, Peter J. 
Antonov, Radoslav D. 
Anwar, Kazi A. 
Arabia, Jorge 
Arakji, Walid A. 
Arauz, Patricia 
Archer, John P. 
Archetti, Gregory J. 
Ard, Evan A. 
Argomaniz, Maria E. 
Arguello, Carlos E. 
Arias, Juan C. 
Arieff, Adrienne E. 
Armstrong, Daniel D. 
Armstrong, Linda A. 
Arnestad, Hilde 
Arnold, Gwendolyn L. 
Arnold, Jennifer R. 
Arnold, Joseph E. 
Aron, Benjamin J. 
Arteaga, Jannet 
Arwine, Jessica A. 
Asakawa, Seiichiro 
Asar, Sharon A. 
Asbeck, Rebecca M. 
Aservi, Jose L. 
Ashby, Tracy E. 

Ashley, Laura A. 

Ashman, Eric M. 
Ashworth, Courtney D. 
Aslani-Far, Asian H> 
Assegid, Faben 
Atherton, Daniel J. 
Atkinson, Heather L. 
Atwood, Jason E. 
Aubin, Marc A. 
Audant, Jeanette 
Aufdenkampe, Nicolaus M. 
Augustyn, David P. 
Austin Jr., Robert W. 
Austin, Sheila L. 
Austrager, Howard R. 
Aveni, David J. 
Aversano, James 
Aviles, Carmen L. 
Awartani, Maha H. 
Awasum, Lynda S. 
Axelrad, Jeffrey B. 
Ayoubi, Nizar T. 
Ayres, Shannon D. 
Azelmad, Sofia 
Azer, Janet L. 
Baabde, Fathiya S. 
Babb, Suzanne K. 
Babcock, Doris Q. 
Babusci, Alison K. 
Bachman, Jan P. 
Badger, John M. 
Bagorazzi, Lynn 
Bailey, Charles A. 
Bailey, Debra A. 

Bailey, Krishna R. 
Bailey, Leanne 
Bailin, Melissa S. 
Bair, Lara J. 
Baker, Lindsay 
Baker, Tamara S. 
Baker, Teresa A. 
Baker, Terrance A. 
Bakhashab, Ahmed S. 
Baldwin, Tiffany L. 
Balestrieri, John J. 
Ballard, Renee J. 
Balsanek, Kristy L. 
Balwani, Piya 
Balzano, Anne-Marie T. 
Bandoo, Alrica 
Bannar, Katharine M. 
Banowit, Steven W. 
Baptista, Cesar J. 
Barakat, Oliver J. 
Barbasetti, Sydney F. 
Barbour, Steven M. 
Barbour, Tracey M. 
Barenok, Tara D. 
Barletta, Andrew M. 
Barnert, Margot H. 
Barnes, Andrew 
Barnes, Denine E. 
Barnes, Randall S. 
Barnes, Ruth L. 
Barnes, Stephanie D. 
Baroch, Amy R. 
Baron, Courtney M. 
Baron, David A. 
Barr, Jennifer H. 
Barrera, Christine V. 
Barrera, Nhora B. 
Barrera, Rosaura 
Barrett, Jonna L. 
Barrett, Michele M. 
Barrett, Nicole M. 
Barrios, Claudia M. 
Barrow, Justin R. 
Barrowman, Lynn S. 
Bartlett, Robert A. 
Barton, Brigitte A. 
Barton, Nancy E. 
Basendwah, Waddah M. 
Bashour, Erica M. 
Basnan, Osama 
Bass, Suzanne L. 
Basyazgan, Etkin K. 
Bates, Beth A. 
Bates, Heather L. 
Batres, Luis 
Battaglioli, Lynette M. 
Batten, Curds G. 
Battle, Brooke N. 
Bauder, Lee A. 
Bauer, Margo L. 
Bauer, Mark D. 
Bauman, Brian D. 
Bauman, David S. 

48 Y^ Talon '91 

aumel, Richard D. 
aumgardner, Matthew C. 
aumgarten Jr., Ronald J. 
aylin, Renee M. 
ayus, Michael J. 
azile, Richele, D. 
azzi, Samer M. 
eale, Gregory S. 
eale Jr., Willie H. 
eall, Jennifer F. 
ealmear, Sarah P. 
ean II, David H. 
eard, Roger K. 
eardow, Lesley 
aumel, Richard D. 
eck, Lauren E. 
eckelhimer, Michael J. 
ecker, Andrea R. 
ecker, Andrew E. 
ecker, Benjamin R. 
ecker, Scott A. 
eckman, Chantel E. 
eckworth, Scott E. 
ecovsky, Lisa K. 
edrin, David J. 
eecher, Kenneth C. 
eeghly, Brian W. 
egansky, Mark D. 
egin, Natalie G. 
egis, Carolyn L. 
ehar, Elisabeth F. 
eja, Robert 
elcher, Cindy G. 
elen, Jennifer A. 
elessis, Effy 
ell, Theresa A. 
ellamy, Michael J. 
elles, Christopher N. 
ellows, Laura G. 
en-Zvi, Sharyn B. 
enator, Elizabeth M. 
enavides, Duberle J. 
ienenson, Kimberly B. 
enitez, Betsy B. 
ennett, Brandon E. 
ennett, Laura C. 
ensen, Debra M. 
ensing, Jeffrey R. 
erardi, Joanna L. 
erces, Albert M. 
eres, Keith G. 
erestov, Julie L. 
erg, Catherine L. 
erg, David A. 
erg, Robert B. 
erger, Gideon F. 
erger, Jean A. 
erger, Jesse B. 
erger, Michele M. 
ergeron, Heather A. 
eriro, Deborah R. 
erk, Danielle L. 
ierkun, Lisa F. 
lerlin, Marc S. 
iernard, Cynthia K. 
^erner, Ursula 
iernier, Beth A. 

Berridge, Gary 
Berrington, Lacy D. 
Berry, Christina M. 
Bertolino, Robin A. 
Besold, Holly J. 
Beswick, Michelle L. 
Betesh, Robert I. 
Bettsack, Jonathan 
Bhatia, Vibha 
Bielick, Stacey L. 
Bielskis, Cathy 
Bielskis, Janick F. 
Biggerstaff, Margie D. 
Bilek, Elizabeth B. 
Billiet, Richard L. 
Bilman, Joseph M. 
Bilotta, Diane S. 
Biniek, Krishna L. 
Birch, Michelle A. 
Bird, Melissa H. 
Birenbaum, Hylah E. 
Birgani, Bahram B. 
Birt, David M. 
Bisby, Samuel W. 
Bischof, Andrea L. 
Bishop, Deann F. 
Bishop, Kerri L. 
Bitsura, Michael C. 
Bitting, Melissa R. 
Bittinger, Ann M. 
Bizot, David A. 
Bjarnason, Bjarni E. 
Bjorkman, Amy M. 
Black, Ivan S. 
Blackman, Stacey L. 
Blackwell, Audrey S. 
Bladt, Jason C. 
Blair, Juliet M. 
Blakeslee, Christina 
Blanchard, Suzanne L. 
Blansky, David A. 
Blaskopf, Betsy A. 
Blau, Natasha P. 
Blaustein, Evan H. 
Blessman, Jennifer A. 
Blevins, Michele D. 
Bloch, Lisa S. 
Block, Jonathan 
Blodgett, Jennifer 
Bloom, Andrew R. 
Blumenfeld, Barry H. 
Boardman, Erik A. 
Bock, Oliver T. 
Bodner, Jennifer L. 
Boerner, Madeline D. 
Boesen, Christopher D. 
Boggs, Allandus 
Boggs, Sabine M. 
Bohan, James C. 
Bohannon, Rebekah M. 
Bohlool, Nicole P. 
Bokar, Andrew W. 
Bolden, Albert 
Bolek, Keith R. 
Bolen, Sean M. 
Bolles, Christine C. 
Bond, Gregory T. 

Bone II, Robert C. 
Boneski, Elena A. 
Bonikowski, James M. 
Bonilla, Clelia L. 
Bonilla, Ivelisse 
Bonner, Danielle A. 
Bookhart, Carolyn O. 
Boone, Pamela I. 
Boorstein, Heidi L. 
Boorujy, Cynthia M. 
Booth, Shannon M. 
Booth, Stacey D. 
Boozer, Bernadette L. 
Bordelon, Anita L. 
Boreersen, Brett 
Borges, Cynthia A. 
Borkowski, Pamela J. 
Borlase, Heather E. 
Bornstein, Adam S. 
Borromeo III, Canuto B. 
Borton, George T. 
Bortz, Sara R. 
Boryczka, Kristin T. 
Bosley, Frances A. 
Bossert, Gary A. 
Bostic, Ashley M. 
Boswell, Gertrude 
Bourcier, Heather L. 
Bourelly, Joseph E. 
Bourgeois, Jerene A. 
Bowden, Jennifer C. 
Bowen, Rachel R. 
Bower, Lisa C. 
Bowers, Kaylie N. 
Bowers, Steven A. 
Bowie, Joanne 
Bowler, Tina M. 
Bowman, Zeke 
Bowry, Rajat 
Bowser, Holly E. 
Bowser, Kisha D. 
Boyd, Caroline T. 
Boyle, Elizabeth G. 
Boyle, Sarah O. 
Bozeman, Leslie a. 
Bradley, Mary B. 
Bradley, Tyler B. 
Brady, Scot A. 
Braesch, Leah E. 
Bragonier, Alison R. 
Braham, Elizabeth 
Brandon, Bridget L. 
Branson, John F. 
Branson, Kira M. 
Brashich, Nicholas E. 
Brasler, Kevin W. 
Brassell, Daniel T. 
Braun, Stephanie A. 
Bray, Daniel S. 
Brazley, Adrienne C. 
Brennan Jr., Michael R. 
Brennan, Anne E. 
Brennan, Melanie 
Brenner, Stacy L. 
Bresenhan, Robin L. 
Bressi, Amy L. 
Brickman, Robert B. 

Brieske, Dolores R. 
Briggs, Benjamin S. 
Brinley, Rita D. 
Briz, Maria C. 
Brizzie, Jennifer 
Broadwater, Rose G. 
Brockett, Margaret R. 
Brody, David E. 
Brokaw, Christiaan J. 
Brokenrope, Deborah A. 
Brooker, Berret A. 
Brooks, Jacqueline E. 
Broscious, Mary K. 
Brose, Thomas A. 
Brown Jr., Robert L. 
Brown, Alan S. 
Brown, Calvin 
Brown, Gloria W. 
Brown, Jason E. 
Brown, Marcy L. 
Brown, Martha J. 
Brown, Paul A. 
Brown, Stephanie L. 
Brown, Stephen A. 
Brucato, Michael J. 
Bruder, Roxanne S. 
Bruemmer, Kristin M. 
Bruno, Susan M. 
Bruntrager, Karen C. 
Brusso, Aaron N. 
Bryan, Bradley A. 
Bryson, Heather S. 
Baus, Eugenia P. 
Buchman, Jeffrey S. 
Buckley, Kathleen A. 
Buckley, Maureen M. 
Buckman, David M. 
Bucknall, Elise S. 
Buglion, Dawn M. 
Buhaji, Khaled A. 
Bui, Khiem N. 
Bunker, Jeffrey G. 
Bunn, Sheila E. 
Burdsall, John W. 
Burge, George E. 
Burge, Holli J. 
Burk, Amy M. 
Burke, Bruce A. 
Burke, Jay C. 
Burke, Lauren V. 
Burke, Patricia L. 
Burleigh, Jonathan P. 
Burns, Christine A. 
Burns, Diana C. 
Burns, Glen R. 
Burnworth, Jonathan S. 
Burridge, James L. 
Burris, Peter H. 
Burroughs, Robert G. 
Burstein, Suzanne 
Burt, Thomas H. 
Burwood, Johnathan C. 
Busch, Tanya R. 
Bush, Lori A. 

AND 4000 MORE... 

Acodemia ^ 49 

Stressed: Students wait on 
line for registration. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Scott Beckworth) 

Hopeful: A student waits for 
good news. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: C. Milton Beeghly) 

The Race Is On! 

The race had begun. Everyone 
received those little purple and 
white cards in the mail, and stu- 
dents scrambled for signatures, 
appointments, advice, and 
stamps of approval. 
Registration schedules ap- 
peared everywhere — in offices, 
on the floor, in book bags, be- 
hind buildings, and strewn all 
over the Quad. If one was lucky, 
appointments with advisors 
were open. Otherwise, students 
remained on their own. 
With schedules finally chosen, 
registration forms complete, 
and all signatures obtained, it 
was off to the Registrar. Stu- 
dents with tired, worried faces 

stood anxiously in long lines. 
What if all the classes were 
closed? Tension mounted. Fran- 
tic glances at the clock confirmed 
how long students had waited. 
Stress reached an all time high as 
students sat expectantly at desks 
as someone punched numbers 
into a computer. Positive 
thoughts, positive thoughts — 
maybe positive reinforcement 
worked on computers. 
"I'm sorry. Section .01 of Civili- 
zations of Asia is closed. Would 
you like me to try other sec- 

The perfect schedule — ruined. 
Back to the race!! 

- S. Lindsey 

Laurie J. Abrams 

BSBA Accounting 

Steven R. Abrams 

BSBA Accounting/Finance 

Andrea Thompson Adams 

BA Literature 

Kelly E. Adams 

BA International Studies 

Glenn P. Aga 

BA International Studies 

Sean J. Agranov 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Roberto A Aguilar 

BA Communication 

Christine M. Ahearn 

BA Communication/French 

50 ^c Talon '91 

Marzouk Youssef Al-Bader 

BA Political Science 

Saira Ali 

BA Political Science 

Shabnam Alipanah 
BS Biology 
David R. Allen 

BS Audio Technology 

Amy E. Allison 
BSBA Finance 
Jason Daniel Altman 

BA Justice 

Lisa M. Amani 

BA International Studies 
Marie-France Amsellem 
BSBA Finance 

Jill Anapolsky 

BA Communication 
Allison C. Anderson 
BA Political Science 
Andrea J. Anderson 
BA Political Science 
Monica L. Anderson 
BA Russian Studies 

Deborah L. Arndt 
BA Political Science 
Gretchen Ashford 
BA C.L.E.C. 
Sandra A. Atkins 
BA Justice 
Jeff Atlas 
BA Justice 

Academia ^c 51 

Cynthia J. Audet 

BA History/Literature 

Carl A. Aveni 

BA International Studies 

Jessie L. Bachike 

BA Literature 

LaRita Baker 

BA Int'l Studies/Russian Studies 

Holly Balbinder 

BA Communication 

Johnathan P.S. Bangura 

BA Economics/BSBA Finance 

Robert P. Bannister 

BA Int'l Studies/Communication 

Kristin Barton 

BA Psychology 

Lisa I. Baum 

BA Communication 

Amy Baumstein 

BA Communication 

Dana Eryse Baxt 

BA Anthropology 

Craig E. Bednarovsky 

BA Economics/Political Science 

James C. Bellavance 

BA International Studies 

Garrison R. Belles 

BA C.L.E.C. 

Steven S. Belli 

BA CL.E.GJCommunication 

Carola Claudia Bellido 

BS Computer Information Systems 

Michele Benedetto 

BSBA Int'l Business/Marketing 

Leah B. Benedict 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Amber W. Benjamin 

BSBA International Business 

Robin Bensinger 

BA Literature 

John Stewart Benson 

BSBA Finance/Real Estate & Urban 


Deborah Beth Beran 

BSBA Finance 

Debra E. Berg 

BSBA Accounting 

William D. Bergofin 

BA Justice 

52 Nfc: Talon '91 

I ■ fi 


Jordan S. Bergstein 

BA Sociology 
Richard P. Berk 
BSBA Marketing 
Andrea Lyn Berman 
BA Elementary Education 
Elizabeth Bernstein 
BA Communication 

Matthew R. Bero 

BA Asian American Studies 

Geraldine M. Berrios 

BA Foreign Language & Communication Media 

Jonathan D. Bettsack 

BSBA Finance 

Kristin Bilionis 

BA Communication 

Karin A. Binelli 

BSBA Accounting 

Gail M. Bimbaum 

BA Communication 

Terrence N. Blair 

BA Justice 

James Michael Blanchard 

BA Political Science 

Dana M. Blaney 
BA Justice 
Lisa R. Blank 
BA Justice 
Allison E. Block 
BA Communication 
Michael H. Block 
BA Political Science 

Linda Bloss 

BA Communication 
Lori Allison Blumenfeld 
Jose R. Bolivar 

BSBA Finance 
Scott Bolton 

BA Communication/Justice 

Angela J. Bond 
BA International Studies 
Robin Boren-Coleman 
BA International Studies 
Michelle A. Botte 
BA International Studies 
Katherine Boulton 
BA Communication 

Academia ^ 53 

Dyjon A. Boulware 

BFA Fine Arts 

Lynn R. Bowen 

BA Law & Society 

Susan Boyle 

BA Political Science 

Susan K. Bozorgi 

BA Law & Society 

Stephen Joseph Bozzo 

BA International Studies 

Laura Ann Bradshaw 

BA International Studies 

Arthur Brandt 


Joseph Anthony Brescia 

BA Justice 

Kelly Elizabeth Briggs 

BA Communication 

David Brooks 

BA Political Science/Economics 

Amy E. Brown 

BSBA International Business 

Dana Robin Brown 

BSBA Marketing 

Noreen A. Browne 

BA Law & Society 

Kiera W. Buckman 

BA Psychology 

Sean William Bulson 

BA International Studies 

Mary Catherine Burke 

BA Psychology 

54 ^ Talon '91 

Around the World. 

"Vienna is an extraordinarily 
beautiful town . . .architecturally 
and historically." 
Steve Kuhn, a Junior in the 
School of Communication, 
spent the fall 1990 semester in 
Vienna, Austria through the 
World Capitals Program at The 
American University. 
"I wanted to learn more about 
Germany and explore the newly 
opened Eastern Europe. The 
Vienna program is really good, 
and I decided to spend the fall 
there," said Kuhn. 
Kuhn left the United States on 
August 20, 1990 and travelled 
for two weeks with a Eurail pass 
before settling in Vienna. While 
in Vienna, Kuhn took three 
classes, one each day on a rota- 
don basis. 

Kuhn was enrolled in German 
History, Central European Pol- 
itics & History, and Intensive 
Advanced German. Having one 
class a day from Monday 
through Thursday made it pos- 
sible for him to travel on week- 
ends without any problems. 

Using the Eurail pass, he saw 
much of Romania, Switzerland, 
and what was then East Ger- 
many. All students also had a 
one week vacation in October to 

"Austria is such a nice place. 
They like America a lot since we 
spent so much rebuilding the 
country after World War II. As 
Americans, we got very little of a 
bad attitude from Austrians. 
Also, it was a lot less American 
than the major European sites. 
There are McDonald's locations 
in Vienna, but that's the extent 
of Americana in the culture," 
Kuhn commented. 
AU's World Capitals Program 
offered eleven other semesters, 
three of which were new for 
1991. These cities included 
Brussels, Rome, Paris, London, 
Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico 
City, Beijing, and Poznan, Po- 
land. Kuhn, however, highly 
recommended the Vienna 

-A. Jacobson 

Bruce A. Burrows 

BSBA Finance 

Max T. Busatto 

BA Justice 

Gabrielle Bushman 

BA Communication/Political Science 

Steven R. Bussow 

BA Music 

Felipe J. Bustamante 
BA Economic Theory 
Patricia S. Caballero 
BA Communication 
Stefano Cafiso 
BSBA Finance 
Nicole Heather Caiazza 
BA Psychology 

Acodemia ^ 55 

Linda D. Caire 

BA International Studies 

Selenne Calhamer 

BA International Studie&Economics 

Alan F. Campbell 

BA International Studies 

Mary E. Carlisle 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Sandra L. Carlos 


Michele M. Carlson 

BA International Studies 

Scott B. Carlson 

BA International Studies 

Judy L. Carter 

BA German & West European Studies 

David S. Carton 


Carolyn Beth Caruso 

BA Communication 

Christina Casagrande 

BA International Studies 

Robin A. Cassetta 

BA Literature 

Kevin J. Cassidy 

BSBA Finance 

Alecha M. Cauffman 

BA Economics 

Patrick P. Cesario 

BA International Studies 

Helen J. Chang 

BA International Studies 

ll-Joon Chang 

BA International Studies 

Michelle Chang 

BA Economics 

Craig E. Cheifetz 

BA Psychology 

Eric J. Child 

BA CommunicationEconomics 

Scott T. Christman 

BA International Studies 

Mary M. Christopher 

BA Communication 

Karin L. Churchfield 

BSBA International Business 

Anthony L. Clay 

BA International Studies 

56 *4£L Talon '91 


Kevin P. Clougherty 

BA International Studies 
Cynthia Leigh Coghan 
BSBA Finance 
Jennifer Lyn Cohen 
Michael J. Cohen 
BSBA Marketing 

Christine M. Colbert 
BS C.L.E.G. 
Kimberly D. Coleman 
BA Psychology 
J. Christiaan Collins 
BA Political Science 
Kellie L. Consiglio 
BA American Studies 

Patricia E. Conway 

BA American Studies 
Frederick D. Cooper 
BSBA Accounting 
Juliet Lee Correll 
BA Elementary Education 
Brenda B. Costello 

Lauren Costello 

BSBA International Business/Finance 

John S. Crain 

BSBA Marketing 

Gregory L. Crainer 


Roberta L. Croll 

BSBA International Business 

Kimberly E. Cummings 

BA International Studies 

Amanda Jane Curley 

BA Elementary Education 

Rama Dabbous 

BSBA International Business 

Riham I. Daoud 

BS Computer Science 

Evette Davis 

BSBA Accounting 

Robert M. Palmer Davy Jr. 

BSBA Finance 

John M. De Young 

BA Int'l Studies/Spanish & Latin Amer. Stud. 

David J. DelleMonache 

BSBA Marketing 

Academia ^c 57 


Gregory J. DeNinno 

BSBA International Business 

Daniel A. Dermer 

BA Law & Society 

John I. Derr Jr. 

BA Economic Theory 

A. Christina Deny 

BA International Studies 

Duane A. Deskevich 

BA Justice 

Pamela J. Desko 

BGS General Studies 

Michael E. Deutsch 

BA Political Science 

Leigh E. DiFilippo 

BA Justice 

Rachel Elaine Diamond 


Courtney Taylor Don 

BA Justice 

Erika R. Dongre 

BSBA International Business 
Mark L. Donnelly 

BA C.LE.G./Economics 

Debbie Dorman 

BA Communication 

Janet B. Dorn 

BA Int'l Studies/German & W. European Studies 

Amy Beth Doyle 

BA Political Science 

Michelle Duchon 

BA Literature 

Waiting For The Results: 

After many hours, the twenty 
page paper is finally done. 
Milton Beeghly) 

Looking For The Right Idea: 

Searching the computer for in- 
formation is a difficult task. 

Sweet Music: A student 
listens to background music 
while typing a paper. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: C. Milton 



Talon '91 

Anne Cleo Dunsmore 
BFA Fine Arts 
Theresa Dwyre 
BA Psychology 
Kelly Alison Ebbecke 
BA International Studies 
Sandra A. Eberle 
BA International Studies 

Stacey L. Eldridge 

BA French Studies 

Adam Elias 

BA Political Science 

Karen F. Elliot 

BA Communication 

Melissa R. Ellis 

BSBA Marketing 

Giving Up Sleep 

It is 3:30 AM. Your ten page 
paper is due in five hours. You 
hadn't started it yet. Were you 
left with no hope in the world? 
No! You could still do your 
paper and didn't have to sweat 
over it; the computer lab in An- 
derson Hall was open 24 hours a 

The lab, which housed numer- 
ous IBMs, Apple Macintoshes, 
and other computers in four sep- 
arate areas, was open twenty- 
four hours a day for student con- 
venience. Other labs which 
were available during certain 
hours included Hurst Hall, 
McCabe Hall, and Battelle Build- 
ing. These three labs specialized 
in math, English, and business, 

The people who deserved the 
most thanks at the computer lab 
were the friendly, intuitive, and 
knowledgeable lab assistants. If 
it were not for their willingness 
to give up a night's sleep to help 
computer novices, many stu- 
dents would have had a problem 
handing in that paper at 8:30 

Ruwaida Zaiden was a part-rime 
student who worked in the lab. 
Available through the uni- 

versity's work-study program, 
the job was not a bad way to pay 
off tuition. "I usually work about 
five or six hours a day on varying 
days, with one other person 
most of the time. There are two 
others during the peak hours of 
8 AM to noon," said Zaiden. 
Zaiden felt the job itself was not 
demanding, and no knowledge 
of computers was needed. 
"There is a three day training 
session in the beginning of each 
semester, and at that time we 
designate our availability and 
have our hours assigned to us," 
she said. 

Zaiden stated that she usually 
had plenty to do for the stu- 
dents, whether formatting 
disks, checking for viruses, or 
loading programs— especially 
toward the end of the semester. 
"(By that time), it's crazy 24 
hours a day. I come in at 6 AM 
on Fridays and it's always 
packed, so there's always 
something to do." 
The next rime you procrastinate 
over your philosophy paper, 
thank Ruwaida Zaiden and the 
many other students who assist- 
ed you on your merry way. 

-A. Jacobson 

Dawn Louise Endres 

BA Justice 

Nancy Leigh Engelberg 

BA Jewish Studies 

Scott Engelman 

BA Communication 

Douglas Engler 

BSBA Accounting 

Kevin B. Epstein 

BSBA Finance 

Jeff Erlich 

BA Communication 

Alvaro Escalante 

BSTM Computer Systems Applications 

Emmalynn E. Espejo 

BA Justice 

James Theodore Esselman 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Joel Estrin 

BSBA Marketing 

Sanford Joseph Ettinger 

BA History 

Alyson B. Ettman 

BA Literature 

Richard Tomas Evangelista 

BA Justice 

Katheryn E. Evans 

BA Political Science 

Julie Ann Faden 

BSBA International Business 

Steven J. Falkowitz 

BA History 

Samer S. Farha 

BA Communication 

Lisa C. Farra 

BSBA Business Management Information 


Tracy L. Fauver 

BA International Studies/Sociology 

Kristina Lisa Fehn 

BA Justice/Spanish & Latin American Studies 

Karen Feinberg 

BSBA Business Management Information 


Rebecca Lynn Feldman 

BA Justice 

Stephen J. Fennessy 

BA Communication 

Teresa E. Ferinde 


60 ^C Talon '91 

John C. Ferraro 


Dana Ferrera 

BA Law & Society 

Heidi Ann Rncken 

BA Int'l Studies/Political Science 

Allison Rsher 

BA Communication 

Alison Flaum 

BA Justice/CLE.G 
Amy E. Ftynn 
BA Literature 
Kimberly Diana Folio 
Shelley J. Fortune 
BA Justice 

Vasilious Fotopoulos 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Marina D. Fotos 

BA History 

llisa A. Frank 

BA Communication 

Emily Hope Freedman 

BA International Studies 

Katherine A. Friedman 

BSBA Marketing 
Anne C. Frock 
BSBA Accounting 
Cara Fulchino 
BSBA Marketing 
Mindy Garber 
BA Psychology 

Craig Ian Gardy 

BSBA Finance 
Alfred V. Garesche 
Gregory E. Gathy 
BA Communication 
Joseph W. Germano Jr. 
BA Justice 

Cynthia A. Gemer 
BA Communication 
Charles M. Gianni Jr. 
BA Communication 
Katherine Elaine Gibbons 
BSBA Marketing 
Jennifer Gillespie 
BA Communication 

Academia ^c61 

Gina M. Giramma 

BA Political Science 

Jeffery Michael Girardo 

BA Communication/Anthropology 

Catherine A. Glocker 

BSBA International Business 

Brian D. Glou 

BA Communication 

Evan J. Goldman 

BA Political Science 

Lori Michelle Goldman 

BA Communication 

Andrew S. Golub 

BSBA Finance 

Brian J. Goodman 

BA International Studies 

Are They All the Same? 

It began when they anxiously 
arrived at 8:30 in the morning. 
They wanted everything — to see 
the campus, to know the scoop 
on which professors to take, 
which classes were good, and 
what kind of social life existed. 
We gave into them. Business, 
French, justice, design ~ per- 
spective freshman interests 
were as varied as the places from 
which they had come. Yet, all 
their eyes were filled with excite- 
ment. They were standing on 
the brink of a new and different 
world, thinking that they would 
learn it all in one day. 
According to a survey of full- 
time freshman completed in Jan- 
uary 1991 the admissions pro- 
cess at The American University 
attracted many types of students 
and individuals. Thirty-nine 
percent stated that special pro- 
grams offered at AU helped 
sway their college decision. The 
interests, plans, and political in- 
terests of these freshman dif- 
fered greatly from those of like 
universities. The survey stated 
that AU students were inclined 
toward public service and very 
attuned to politics. Approxi- 
mately forty-two percent of the 
men and women considered 

themselves liberal. The statistics 
confirmed the knowledge that 
the AU community was unique 
in many ways. 

Kreeger, Ward, Hughes, Letts - 
people darted back and forth 
with tour guides like thieves 
dodging bullets. After stuffing 
themselves on sack lunches 
from The American Cafe; rifling 
through AU sweatshirts, 
boxers, backpacks and t-shirts in 
the campus store; and pausing 
to hear incoming President 
Duffey speak at Bender Arena, 
future students and their 
families headed for home. 
The stress of taking achievement 
tests and filling out applications 
was over. There were no more 
essays on changing human his- 
tory or running magazine arti- 
cles in 1999; no more waiting to 
see which envelopes would be 
thick; and no more nail biting 
over which school to attend. It 
was completed, and these 
people decided on AU. Fresh- 
man Day for them was like visit- 
ing a first house before the furni- 
ture came — exciting and unset- 
tling. Were they ready? Would 
they make it? Only time would 

-C. Woods 




Getting The Facts: Pro- 
spective parents learn 
about college programs. 

Seeing The Sights: Stu- 
dents take a tour of 
campus. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Making The Connection: 

Incoming freshmen pause 
for lunch together on the 
BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Jennifer Goodnow 
BA French Studies 
Tamia Nicole Gordon 
BS Chemistry 
Debora Anne Gorman 
BA Justice 
Alison Gortz 
BA Design 

Michael S. Graber 
BSBA Marketing 
Laura Ann Gramling 
BA Political Science 
Craig A. Gray 
BSBA Finance 
Gwen D. Greenberg 
BSBA Accounting 

Vanessa Greene 

BA Communication 
Jeff Greenman 

BA Spanish & Latin American Studies 

Ira Brett Greenspan 

BA Political Science 

Laurence Guyot 

BSBA International Business 

Jeremy R. Haines 

BA International Studies 
Michael D. Haley 

BA Justice 

Jeffery J. Halick 

BSBA Finance 
Jonathan F. Hall 

BA History 

Academia ^ 63 

Suzanne M. Hall 

BSBA Accounting 

Hugh N. Halpem 

BA Political Science 

Laura Deniz Hamarat 

BA Elementary Education 

Alain P. Hanash 

BS Biology 

Elizabeth A. Hanke 

BA Economic Theory 

C. Roma L. Hanley 

BA International Studies 

Jennifer Hanlon 

BA Psychology 

Katherine Harman 

BA Int'l Studies/Communication 

Steve Harmon 

BSBA Accounting 

Richard J. Harper 

BSBA International Business 

Makeda S. Harris 

BA International Studies 

Isra Z. Hassan 

BSBA Int'l Business/Finance 

Lynne J. Hatoff 

BA Psychology 

Susan Diane Hay 

BA Sociology 

Jennifer A. Healey 

BA German & West European Studies 

Leigh Ann Healy 

BSBA International Business 

Maureen A. Heffem 

BA International Studies 

Kimberty J. Heimert 

BA Int'l Studies/Communication 

Andra Powell Henderson 

BGS General Studies 

Andrew Hennig 

BSBA Marketing 

Kristina M. Henoch 

BA CLEG. /German & W. European Studies 

Martha E. Hermilla 

BA Communication 

Maria Theresa Hernandez 

BA Communication 

George T. Herrell Jr. 


64 ^C Talon '91 

Pamela L. Hester 

BA International Studies 

Christopher E. Heuer 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Jennifer L. Higgins 

BA Communication 

Gwynne Heather Hill 

BSBA Int'l Business/Human Resource Mgmt 

Diane Hinrichs 

BA Justice 

Neil Eric Hochman 

BA Communication 

Gillian Holt 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Stephanie Horner 

BSBA Finance 

Julie Horowitz 

BA Design 

Kerry N. Hough 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Lauren Saxon House 

BA Communication 

Linda Eileen Howard 

BA Communication 

Melissa A. Hudson 

BA International Studies 

Julia S. Hulton 

BA International Studies 

Sarah D. Hunter 

BA Law & Society/Psychology 

Michelle Hutton 

BA Political Science 

Yvonne M. Hyde 
BA Justice 
Clarinda Marie Hykes 
BA Communication 
Nancy Joanna lonedes 
BA Psychology 
Rachel S. Isaacson 
BA Design 

Alicia A. Jackson 
BSBA Marketing 
Marc S. Jackson 
BA Justice 
Gregory W. James 
BA International Studies 
Thomas D. Janenda 
BA Political Science 

Academia ^c 65 

Students Empowering Students 

In 1989, the Office of Student 
Activities established a com- 
prehensive leadership program. 
Building on various levels of ex- 
perience, these programs were 
available as extra-curricular ac- 

"I think what is important is that 
we really want to provide them 
[the students] with what I call 
life skills - skills they can use 
here at the university and in 
their respective communities," 
said Kevin Schollenberger, Di- 
rector of the Center of Student 
Leadership and Organizational 

Since its inception, the center 
grew to encompass five separate 
seminars: the Aspiring Leader, 
the Developing Leader, the 
Visionary Leader, Strive for Ex- 
cellence: Mentoring Program, 
and Stepping Forward. It also 
included workshops and re- 
treats targeted toward topics 
such as delegating respon- 
sibility, stress management, and 
leadership style. 
"The seminars are experimental 
in nature and in format and this 
gives students the opportunity 
to actually process these skills in 
an atmosphere where they can 
get developmental feedback," 
said Schollenberger. 
The Aspiring Leader was de- 
signed to introduce students to 

leadership and management 
theory and to encourage the de- 
velopment of basic leadership 
and management skills. 
As the second level, The Devel- 
oping Leader Program offered a 
forum for student leaders to ex- 
change ideas and experiences. 
The Visionary Leader, the 
newest program in the series 
which will be installed in Fall 
1991, will cater to juniors and 
seniors ready to move beyond 
the realm of on-campus leader- 
ship roles. It will give students 
the opportunity to meet with es- 
tablished leaders in the com- 
munity as well as to be mentors 
for D.C. high school students. 
As the final step, Strive for Ex- 
cellence: Mentoring Program, 
gave students the opportunity 
to act as role models for par- 
ticipants in the Aspiring Leaders 
program, assist in the planning 
and presenting the Aspiring and 
Developing Leader programs, 
and consult with clubs and or- 
ganizations interested in having 
leadership management work- 

"What I think makes this pro- 
gram most successful is what my 
whole philosophy of this pro- 
gram is: students empowering 
students. Students can learn a 
lot from each other." 

-S. Lindsey 

Collis Clifford Jenkins III 

BSBA Real Estate & Urban Development 

Amy Johnson 

BA Political Science 

Dionne L. Johnson 

BSBA International Business 

Kimberiy K. Johnson 

BSBA Accounting 

Mark B. Johnson 

BA Psychology 

Patricia Danielle Johnson 

BA International Studies 

Todd H. Johnson 

BA Communication 

Wendy S. Jonas 

BA Arts Management & Production 



Talon '91 

Alicia S. Jones 
BS Biology 
Bronte D. Jones 

BSBA Finance 

Evan R. Jones 

BA Communication 
Meredith A. Jones 

BA Political Science 

Karen Lisa Jusko 

BSBA Human Resource Management 
Lance A. Kadushin 

BSBA Human Resource Management 

Janice V. Kaguyutan 

BA Spanish & Latin American Studies 

Chris Kain 

BA Communication/Political Science 

Jean Marie Kalata 

BA Political Science/American Studies 

Sharon Kalender 

BA Communication 

Heather Anne Kane 

BA Psychology 

Amy Kaplan 

BA Communication 

Jennifer A. Kaplan 

BA Literature/Psychology 

Valerie E. Kaplo 

BSBA International Business 

Marcia Kapustin 

BA Communication 

Julie Katauskas 

BA Communication 

Academia >££ 67 

Kimberly A. Kauffman 

BA Political Science/Law & Society 

Kathiyn M. Keith 

BA Literature 

Ellen Mane Kellner 

BA Political Science 

Ann M. Kelly 

BA History 

Jamie E. Kennedy 

BSBA Finance 

Peter W. Kennedy 

BA History 

Mari J. Kerwin 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Elizabeth L. Keyt 

BSBA Finance 

Kelly Elizabeth King 

BA Western Intellectual Tradition 

Samantha A. Kinna 

BA Psychology 

Helaine Hope Kinstler 

BSBA Human Resource Management 

Stephen Johann Koch 

BA Int'l Studies/Political Science 

Andrea G. Kushner 

BA Law & Society 

Raj Kuttan 

BSBA Finance 
Paula J. Lacey 

BA Communication 

Kristina Maria Lailas 

BSBA International Business 

68 ^c Talon '91 

Robert C. Konigsberg 

BSBA Accounting 

(liana Sophia Koropeckyj 

BA International Studies 


Michael K. Kostick 


BA International Studies 

^B ""* 

Karla B. Koza 


BA Literature 


Adam Nathan Kraft 

BA Psychology 
Sharon L. Kravitz 



m It 

Jill Kreuter 

BA Psychology 
Martin W. Kuhn 


BS Computer Science 

Jon Landsman 

BSBA International Business/Finance 

Lloyd Lapidus 

BA Law & Society 

Kimberly R. Larson 

BA Communication 

Stephane Larson 

BA International Studies 

Jeffery H. Laska 

BA Economics 

Michael Thomas Adam Lavelle 
BA Communication 
Timothy R. Lawrence 

BA Int'l Studies/French & W. European Studies 
Linda R. Lawson 
BA Communication 

Jennifer Lazarus 

BSBA Accounting 

Jason L. LeJeune 

BA History 

Melissa Ellen Lea 

BA Political Science 

Lynda Elaine Leffler 

BA French & W. European Studies/lnt'l Studies 

David P. Lennon 

BA Literature/Economics 

Alisa N. Levin 

BA Communication 

Rosanna Levine 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Cynthia Rose Levy 

BA Communication 

Elizabeth A. Lewin 

BA Communication 

Carlos Li 

BS Computer Science 

Bonni Dawn Liner 

BA Elementary Education 

Donald Anthony Lisco Jr. 

BA Economics 

Andre L. Little 

BSBA Real Estate & Urban Development 

Heather Logie 

BA Justice 

Patricia del Carmen Loo 

BA Communication 

Ik & 

Carolyn E. Loomis 

- m 


Academia ^ 69 

Michael B. Lopatin 

BA Communication 

Daniel Lopez 

BA Int'l StudJSpanish & Latin American Stud. 

David S. Lovely 

BA International Studies 
Tor Christian Lundvall 

BA Studio Art 

Albert R. Lupcho III 

BSBA Finance 
Ann Deidre Luster 

BA Russian Studies 

Liseli Lutangu 

BA Economic Theory 
Stephanie Dru Luts 

BA Psychology 

Wendy E. Lyon 

BA International Studies 

Jared S. Maag 

BA International Studies 

Enu A. Mainigi 

BS Chemistry 

Michelle Elly Maizel 

BA Sociology 

J. David Majors Jr. 

BA Justice 

Vincent C. Manganiello Jr. 

BA Communication 

Khaled Mardam-Bey 

BSBA Business Management Information 


Tamara S. Markowitz 

BA Communication/Economics 

70 Yc Talon '91 

A Link to the Past 

Alumni relations did not begin 
at fifth year reunions or at grad- 
uation, it began with the enroll- 
ment application. The American 
University hoped that students 
would maintain contact after 

"In order to have a tradition, 
there needs to be a continuum of 
activity for students and 
alumni," said Janet Chitwood, 
the Director of Alumni Re- 
lations. Some services the 
alumni office provided for the 
university community were call- 
ing prospective students, re- 
cruiting at high school college 
nights, and working with the 
Career Center. 

The Student Alumni Chapter 
was a group of students who 

worked to bring the students 
and alumni together. Some of 
their activities included helping 
with homecoming, planning the 
"Zero Year Reunion" for gradu- 
ates, and staffing the Senior 
Week barbeque. 
The Alumni Relations office was 
also responsible for a reunion 
weekend which emphasized the 
classes celebrating a fifth, tenth, 
fifteenth, twentieth, or twenty- 
fifth year reunion. 
"It is a natural thing for alumni 
and students to work together. 
We are the link to their past. 
People are more easily connect- 
ed by the programs we pro- 
vide," said Ms. Chitwood. 

-C. Kovacs 

Veronica Martinek 

BA C.L.E.C. 

Lisa M. Martinez 

BA Law & Society 

Joseph R. Marunowski 

BA International Studies 

Valerie A. Mason 

BA Foreign Language & Communication Media 

Kimberty N. Masters 

BA Literature 

Attila Matyas 

BSBA International Business/Finance 

Katherine Alexander Mays 

BA Art History 

Marie-Luce A. Maze 

BA International Studies 

Academic ^ 71 

Elisabeth Michel McCloskey 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Lori J. McCreary 

BA Economic Theory 

Heather Leigh McCulloch 

BA Communication 

Maura Elizabeth McCusker 

BA Political Science 

Sean McElroy 

BA Law & Society 

Jennifer McGinnis 

BA Communication 

Siobhan M. McGowan 

BA Communication 

James Edward McGrath 

BSBA International Business 

Paula G. McGrath 

BA American Studies 

Michelle Anne McKay 

BA Communication 

Molly Susan McKeown 

BA German & West European Studies 

Erick D. Mejia 

BSBA International Business 

Alryson Michaeloff 

BSBA Marketing 

Barbara Virnell Milam 

BS Chemistry 

B. Andrea Miles 

BA Communication 

Camela Miller 

BA Communication 

Diane Renee Miller 

BA Communication 

Jennifer Lyn Miller 

BA Elementary Education 

Michelle S. Miller 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Teresa Lynne Miller 

BA Spanish & Latin American Area Studies 

Kristan Mills 

BA International Studies 

Marcy Mistrett 

BA Psychology 

Traci M. Mitchell 

BA Economics/Communication 

R. Christian Mittelstaedt 

BSBA Marketing 

72 ^ Talon '91 

Patrick O. Moffitt 

BA Political Science 

Sharon Amina Mohamed 

BA Law & Society 

Bahador Moinian 

BA Computer Science 

Kirsten G. Mollo 

BA International Studies 

Joonho Moon 

BS Computer Science 

Julia Moore 

BA Political Science 

Molly L. Moore 

BA Communication 

Lisa Robyn Morantz 


Ferial N. Morris 

BSBA Accounting 

Edward L. Mortimer 

BA Political Science 

Alfred Serge Mpouho 

BSTM Public Systems Management 

Kristin A. Mulvehill 

BSBA International Business 

Susan P. Munies 

BA Justice 

Janet N. Munitz 

BA Psychology 

Anthony J. Musto 

BSBA Accounting 

Crista A. Myers 

BA Justice/Psychology 

Luis E. Nassar 

BA Design 

Roberto R. Navarro 

BA Law & Society/Economics 

Sylvia K. Navarro 

BSBA Finance 

Jennifer Needleman 

BA Anthropology 

Charles E. Negrea 

BA Justice 

Joanne M. Negrin 

BA International Studies 

Fereshteh Nejat 

BA Computer Science 

Donald Nelson Jr. 

BSBA Finance/Accounting 

Academic/ ^ 73 

Miles Nelson 

BA Political Science 

Robert John Neuman Jr. 

BSBA Finance 

James M. Nickerson 

BSBA International Business/Marketing 

Peter W. Niessen 

BA International Studies/ Economics 

John Mark Nieman 

BA Literature 
John R. Nordgren Jr. 

BA Political Science 

Mary Ellen Mosworthy 

BA CommunicationJPolitical Science 

Sanford L. Nydish 

BSBA Accounting 

Paul J. O'Brien Jr. 

BA Philosophy/Justice 

Patrick O'Neil 

BA Political Science 

Craig I. ObrenLz 

BA Justice 

Kari M. Odden 

BA International Studies 

Susan A. Oestreich 

BSBA Real Estate & Urban Development 

Betsy Oilman 

BA Law & Society 

Jennifer Michiko Oishi 
BSBA Accounting 
Jennifer M. Olsen 

BA International Studies 

74 ^C Talon '91 

Neil R. Orlando 

BA Poli. ScUSpanish & Latin American 


David M. Ortmann 

BA International Studies 

Christina C. Pallitto 

BA International Studies 

Holly C. Palughi 

BA History 

Kirran R. Panjabi 

BSBA Finance 

Jeanine Paulson 

BA Justice 

Lydia Campbell Peele 

BSBA Finance 

Kristen J. Peischel 

BA International Studies 

Informed, Effective Minds 

Beginning in fall of 1989, 
American University under- 
graduates were required to in- 
clude, in their schedules, thirty 
hours of General Education 
courses drawn from five cur- 
ricular areas. Each area con- 
tained approximately ten course 
selections. After the first general 
course was completed, the stu- 
dent would select a second- 
level, more in-depth course. 
The first curricular area was the 
Creative Arts. Its courses 
focused on individual talents in 
design, music, theater, or lit- 
erature. Each student was given 
the opportunity to gain knowl- 
edge of the arts and an apprecia- 
tion of the work involved. 
Traditions That Shape the 
Western World, the second cur- 
ricular area, allowed students to 
explore the past. Through phi- 
losophy, religion, and sociol- 
ogy, students learned of the 
principles upon which the West 
was built. 

The diversity of AU students 
contributed to the success of the 

courses in the third area, Inter- 
national and Intercultural Ex- 
perience. Discussing the devel- 
opment of nations in a multi- 
national class helped students to 
accept differences in cultural be- 

Studies of society, the processes 
of life, and differences between 
individuals were focused upon 
in the fourth curricular area, So- 
cial Institutions and Behavior. 
Undergraduates studied the 
metamorphosis of tradition in 
an attempt to understand life in 
the 90's. Anthropology, Eco- 
nomics and Psychology helped 
student's learn directly about 
each other. 

The Natural Sciences, curricular 
area five, included the study of 
both natural and biological 

Each curricular area in General 
Education was designed to aid 
in the development of under- 
graduate students at the 
American University regardless 
of their major. 


Valerie A. Pellegrino 

BA Russian/USSR Studies 

Sandra L. Penaranda 

BSBA International Business 

Peter John Penebre 

BS Audio Technology 

Scott D. Perez 

BSBA Business Management Information 


Anna P. Peries 

BA Int'l Studies/Law & Society 

Denise J. Persau 

BSBA Finance 

Adam Michael Petricoff 

BA Political Science 

Thomas G. Phillips 

BA Philosophy/Political Science 

Laurence B. Pincus 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Stefan Pittinger 

BSBA International Business 

Wayne Alan Pizer 

BSBA Finance 

John R. Piatt 

BA Communication 

Jeffrey K. Polacheck 

BSBA Finance 

Nicole A. Pote 

BA Political Science 

Angela Marie Prestia 

BSBA International Business/Marketing 

Amy K. Prezbindowski 

BA Psychology 

Kristen J. Pywell 

BA Justice 

Brian O. Quinn 

BA International Studies 

Deborah L. Radican 

BA Int'l Studies/Spanish & Latin Amer. Stud. 

Julia M. Rasmussen 

BA Sociology 

Heather Anne Reilly 

BA C.L.E.G. 

Heike Remy 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Adam Rezak 

BSBA Finance 

Jill A. Rice 

BA C.L.E.G. 

76 yc Talon '91 


Lyssa G. Rinn 

BA Political Science 

Gary J. Risser 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Michelle R. Riu 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Adrienne A. Roberts 

BA Political Science 

Peter A. Robinson 

BSBA International Business 

Kristin D. Robl 

BA International Studies 

Robert Rogachefsky 

BA Political Science 

Kevin P. Rojek 

BA Political Science 

Jill Rosenberg 

BA Psychology 

Lisa Rosenberg 

BA Psychology 

Peter Rosenberg 

BSBA Real Estate & Urban Development 

Michael H. Rosenmayer 

BSBA International Business 

Jodi L. Rossi 

BA Law & Society 

Joselind R. Rosten 

BSBA International Business/Finance 

Steven H. Roy 

BSBA Marketing 

Stephanie L. Rubin 

BA Infl Studies/Russian/USSR Studies 

Anne L. Ruppel 

BA International Studies 

Elizabeth Ann Russo 

BA Communication 

Kelli Ryan 

BA International Studies 

Niayesh Saburi 

BS Physics 

Samantha Sackin 

BA Political Science/Communication 

Jill E. Saeger 

BSBA Marketing 

Michele Amy Saez 

BA Elementary Education 

Renee A. Sahadi 

BA Elementary Education 

Academia ^ 77 

Kimberly Saintz 

BA Psychology 

Todd M. Salmonsen 

BA Justice 

Nancy Sanborn 

BSBA International Business 

Carlos Sanchez 

BS Biology 

Blake R. Sanders 

BA Economics 

Elizabeth Sanzone 

BSBA Marketing 

Marikay Satryano 

BA International Studies 

Jennifer L. Sauer 

BA Communication 

The Search Is On 

The search for employment for 
after graduation was almost a 
rite of passage. While some 
members of the Class of '91 
opted for graduate school or 
travel, others chose the near im- 
possible task— finding a job dur- 
ing a recession. 

People used different ap- 
proaches to land the perfect job. 
Many students had potential 
employers approach them 
through on-campus recruiting 
programs. Some frequented the 
Career Center more than local 
bars. Every sacrifice was made 
just to have an answer to the 
dreaded question: "So what are 
you doing after graduation?" 
Networking with former em- 
ployers, alumni, and professors 
was another popular way to gain 
an edge into various fields of 
employment. Old friends called 
seniors to tell them about po- 
tential job openings in their 
offices. However, these efforts 
did not always yield results. 
As time went on and graduation 
approached, a division formed 
between the "haves" (seniors 
who had found jobs or were ac- 

cepted to the graduate school of 
their choice) and the "have- 
nots" (students who waited for 
responses from potential 
schools or employers, and 
students who would not even 
think of looking for jobs before 
Commencement). Tension 
built, and self-doubt reached an 
all-time high. Thoughts such as 
"Maybe I should have taken that 
internship last summer" and 
"Am I really qualified to hold 
any job?", crossed the minds of 
the distressed, soon-to-be grad- 

Then, a ray of hope alleviated 
the frustration. The last job in- 
terview went well. A reputable 
firm with interesting op- 
portunities ended their hiring 
freeze. Employment was 
around the corner! 
Not all seniors had jobs before 
Commencement, but armed 
with an undergraduate degree 
from The American University 
and help from the Career Cen- 
ter, alumni, and faculty, seniors 
may not be unemployed for 

-B. Oilman 


...... j 



Stress!!: A senior reads the 
Classified page of The Wash- 
ington Post in hopes of finding 
Samer Farha) 

Slim Pickings: An open page 
of the Classifieds shows a lack 
of high paying jobs in the D.C. 
Sharon Lindsey) 

Samantha Sauer 

BA Studio Art 
Nadim Jean Sawaya 
BSBA Finance 
Pete Sawchuk 

BA Political Science 
Kimberly A. Scardino 
BA Political Science 

Mark Bravo Schaffer 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Ira Scharf 

BS Mathematics 

Nancy G. Schechtman 

BA International Studies 

Rachel S. Schindel 

BA International Studies 

David J. Schmidt 

BS Audio Technology 
Kristine Schmittler 
BA Communication 

Melissa J. Scholer 

BA Psychology 
Karen Nancy Schrager 
BSBA International Business 

Cynthia M. Schranghamer 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Eden Schwartz 

BA Elementary Education 

llyssa Fran Schwartz 
BA Sociology 
Matthew Schwartz 

Academic/ >^c 79 

Christopher J. Scott 

BA Int'l Studies/German & W. European 


Olen E. Scott 

BSBA Finance 

Carey A. Sealy 

BSBA International Business 

Joanne B. Seeling 

BA International Studies 

Jaret J. Seiberg 

BA International Studies/Communication 

Christie E. Seibert 

BA Communication 

Camy Michele Selig 

BA C.L.E.C. 
Weezie Seliger 

BA Psychology 

Amy Jane Sernyak 

BA International Studies 

Sibyl Shalo 


Steven Lefton Sharp 

BA Political Science 

John Christian Sheppard 

BS Biology 

Scott A. Shields 

BA International Studies 

Peter B. Shoff 

BA Communication 

Suman K. Shrestha 

BSBA Finance 

Kenneth M. Siegel 

BA Justice 

Brian Silbert 

BA Advertising Communication 

Elizabeth L. Simmons 

BA International Studies 

James R. Simon 

BA Political Science 

Jeff Singer 

BSBA Marketing 

Felecia M. Singleton 

BA Communication 

Howard M. Siskin 

BA Law & Society 

Michael J. Skoler 

BSBA Finance 

Lauren J. Small 

BA Communication 

80 Y^ Talon '91 

Joanna E. Smart 

BA Communication 

Alicia D. Smith 

BSBA Accounting 

Angela M. Smith 

BA International Studies/Economics 

Alix J. Snyder 

BA International Studies 

Dianne Sobers 

BSBA Human Resource Management 

Kimberly E. Soehnlein 

BSBA International Business 

Leigh A. Sours 

BA International Studies/Law & Society 

Christos I. Spanos 

BA Economic Theory/International Studies 

Christine N. Speth 

BA History 
Pamela A. Spock 
BSBA Finance 
Lynette A. Spring 

BA History 
Todd St.Vrain 

BA International Studies 

Tony G. Stanzu 

BA Justice 

Lucy Mary Stanzu 

BA Psychology 

Ziva M. Starr 

BA Law & Society 

Katherine E. Stechschulte 

BSBA Finance/Accounting 

Dorothy A. Steelman 

BSBA International Business 

Mindy K. Stein 

BA Communication 

Robb David Steinberg 

BA Political Science 

Allison Gail Steiner 

BA Design 

Colin M. Stephens 
BA Justice 
Leslie R. Stern 
BSBA Finance 
Michelle D. Stewart 
BA International Studies 
Ralph A. Stewart 
BA Literature 

Academio ^81 

A Wealth of Information 

Once again this year, The 
American University was a 
proud member of the Con- 
sortium of Universities of the 
metropolitan Washington area. 
This consortium included ten 
area universities and two col- 
leges at which AU students 
could take classes that were not 
offered here. Aside from a few 
exceptions, these classes could 
be used for credit at AU. There 
were, however, some draw- 

Registering for a consortium re- 
quired the patience of a saint, 
but was quite worthwhile. The 
dean or department chair ap- 
proved consortium registration 
only after it had been deter- 
mined that the course was not 
offered at their university dur- 
ing that term or for several there- 
after. The registrar then had to 
authorize the form before one 
could go to the chosen school, 
stand in long lines, and then get 
turned away because some 
other signature was forgotten. 
Back to square one. At least 

Michael J. Stid 

BA Political Science 

Anne Elizabeth Storch 

BA International Studies 

Deborah Alison Streim 

BA Law & Society 

Angela Y. Stubblefield 

BA Communication 

Yvonne Dale Styer 

BA Political Science 

Andrew D. Sullivan 

BA Literature 

John P. Sullivan 

BA Political Science 

Virginia E. Sullivan 

BA Psychology 

82 >fc Talon '91 

there was comfort in the fact that 
this aggravation was usually 
worth the trouble. 
1990-1991 was also known as the 
great library expansion year. 
While that may not have neces- 
sarily been true, there were two 
major improvements in the sys- 
tem. Aladin came to AU. This 
computer system opened up 
channels to other schools in the 
consortium and offered material 
to undergraduates and graduate 
students who found the quality 
and quantity of materials at AU 

In addition to Aladin, AU and 
other consortium students were 
finally allowed to check out 
books from libraries other than 
their own. Previously, one could 
use the consortium library 
system for research, but could 
only take out books from one's 
own university. This new rule 
provided easier access to the 
wealth of information found in 
all the universities. 

-C. Chapin 


Jennifer L. Surwilo 

BA International Studies 

Andrew L. Sussman 

BA Spanish & Latin American Studies 

Paul Alexander David Szilassy 

BSBA International Business 
Louisa Caterina Talucci 

BA Philosophy 

Joseph P. Tannenbaum 

BA Political Science 
John N. Tarrant 

BSBA International Business 

Oeeta S. Tate 

BA Economics 
J. Richard Taylor 

BA Design 

David R. Terbush 

BSBA Accounting 

Joseph C. Territo III 

BA Communication/Political Science 

Christopher Thaler 

BS Biology 

Charlean Thompson 

BSBA Marketing 

Fred T. Tillman 

BSBA Finance 

Guillermo C. Tirado 

BA Economics 

Michelle P. Tomassi 

BSBA International Business 

Daniel J. Tonzi 

BSBA Finance/Accounting 

Academia ^c 83 

Paul J. Tourkin 


Christine M. Townsend 

BA Performing Arts: Theatre 

Michael W. Tragakis 

BA International Studies 

Kim Trusty 

BA Communication 

Jonathan B. Turner 

BA Political Science 

Jennifer E. Underwood 

BA Sociology 

Kimberly Underwood 

BA Economic Theory 

Rob Gnson 

BA Psychology 

Gregg Kavez Van Voorhis 

BA Political Science/International Studies 

Carolyn Jean Vaughn 

BA Communication 

Thelma Venichand 

BSBA Finance 

Daniel Vial 

BSBA Marketing 

Pilar Vidal 

BA Economics 

Jennifer A. Vile 

BA International Studies 

Daniel C. Villanueva 

BA Int'l Studies/German & IV. European 


Stephanie Vincent 

BSBA Finance 

Elizabeth A. Walch 

BA American Studies 

Leontine Michelle Walker 

BA Communication 

Mary L. Walker 

BA Communication 

Polly H. Walldorf 

BSBA Marketing 

Matthew D. Ward 

BSBA Real Estate & Urban Development 

Anita R. Weiler 

BA History 

Marcia S. Weiner 

BA Psychology 

Janet Lynn Weingarten 

BA Communication 

84 ^ Talon '91 

^ fc aM 

Michael Weinstein 

BA Justice 

Robert A. Weishaar Jr. 

BA International Studies 

Charles T. Weiss 

BA Communication 

Meredith Weiss 

BSBA Accounting 

Regis M. Welsh III 

BA Political Science 
Julie Michele Werbitt 
BA Political Science 
Meredith Kristin West 
BA International Studies 
Susan Lynn Wetzel 
BA Literature 

Michelle llene Whitman 

BSBA Finance 

Michael Whitton 

BSBA International Business 

Deborah Renee Williams 

BSBA International Business 

Joseph Peter Williams 

BA Political Science 

Stacy Michele Wilson 

BSBA International Business/Marketing 

Stuart James Winer 

BA International Studies 

Neal Scott Wiser 

BA Communication 

Gregor Sacha Woodward 

BA International Studies 

Brock Wortman 

BA Communication 

Bradford T. Wright 

BA Political Science 

Kirk A. Wright 

BA Communication 

Jemma Yang 

BA International Studies 

Nancy E. Young 

BA Art History 
Christopher T. Zabriskie 

BA Int'l Studies/German & W. European 


Mark A. Zaineddin 

BA International Studies 

Dina L. Zaretsky 

BSBA Marketing 

Academia Y^ 85 

Pol Zazadze 

BSBA International Business 

Nomeki Zervos 

BA International Studies 

Cynthia Zimmerman 

B.Mus. Music 
E. Whitney Zoller 

BA American Studies 

Deborah K. Zorner 

BA International Studies/Justice 
Barbara Zuckerman 

86 ^C Talon '91 

Concentration: A grim expres- 
sion crosses this student's face 
as he reads about possible job 
opportunities. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Sharon Lind- 

The Search Is On: Students 
looks through the long listings 
of job descriptions. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Sharon Lindsey) 

How to Get a Job! 

The Career Center was founded 
in 1982 as the result of a merger 
between the Cooperative Educa- 
tion and Career Planning and 
Placement Centers. The combi- 
nation of the co-op, which 
reached out to employers, and 
the Placement Center, which 
reached toward the employees, 
created one stop for both the stu- 
dent and employer. In 1981, The 
American University received a 
three-year grant from the De- 
partment of Education to build 
the center and expand program- 

Most people thought the Career 
Center's main job was placing 
students in co-ops and intern- 
ships; however, it also offered 
many other services to all levels 
of the university community. 
Freshmen usually acquainted 
themselves with the layout of 

the office, while sophomores 
and juniors became more in- 
volved, actually looking for co- 
ops and internships. Seniors 
used the Career Center to see 
what jobs were available after 

The Center presented work- 
shops on resume writing and in- 
terviewing, along with informa- 
tion on scholarships and fellow- 
ships. A job board had postings 
of full-time, part-time, and 
"quick buck" employment op- 
portunities, which ranged from 
house and babysitting to con- 
gressional aides. Job counseling 
was also provided. 
The Career Center's function 
was not only to place students in 
jobs but to place them where 
they would be content with the 

-C. Kovacs 

Academia ^ 87 

Senior Weel< 

Fun, music, beer, 
friends, parties, beer- 
Senior Week! Before 
finals were over, one 
week before gradu- 
ation, seniors let their hair 
down, grabbed their friends, 
and parried. 

Events sponsored by the Senior 
Class Council added to the fun. 
A Tavern night featuring local 
bands and a moonlight cruise on 
the Potomac River were just two 
of the Senior Week activities. 
Aside from those, house parties, 
Winston's, Maggie's, Chicago's, 
and Georgetown were infested 
with AU's soon-to-be graduates. 
Senior Week brought great 
times, partying 'til seniors 
dropped -or at least until after 
graduation. ■■ 

-S. Lindsev I 


Don't Drop Her!: Dancing up 
a storm, these seniors have a 
great time. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Kari Odden) 


Give Me Another: Matt Ward 
and other seniors wait at the 
bar for drinks. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Kari Odden) 


Talon '91 





Hme To Party 

Requests?: The band plays 
popular tunes as seniors 
dance and talk on the floor. 

Over Here!: Why not take a 
picture of me— I'm a senior too! 


Tender Moment: This couple 
is captured dancing to a slow 
song, treasuring the memory 
forever. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Kari Odden) 


Together: Beers in hand, these 
friends smile for the camera. 


Academia ^ 89 



An End 

90 ^ Talon '91 

When Will They Start?: Mem- 
bers of the bagpipe corps wait 
for the signal to begin the 
opening procession. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Kan Odden) 

You've done it. 
You've passed College 
Writing, gotten 
through five levels of 
Gen. Ed., coped with 
finals, paid your tuition. 
There's only one thing left to do. 
Graduate. (Aghhhhhh...) 
Don't worry. Graduation, in 
itself, isn't bad. It's actually 
rather nice. If you're lucky, it's 
even enjoyable. You can get 
together with the people in your 
major (provided you actually 
know them) and whisper about 
the guest speaker's toupee. The 
bagpipes are kind of neat, too. 
The worst part about graduation 
is what comes after -- leaving 
school, searching the classifieds, 
making dutiful follow-up calls to 
perspective employers, traips- 
ing over hell's half acre in blister- 
ing heat wearing nylons and the 
requisite high heels that only 
Dolly Parton could walk in, or, if 
you're male, a wool suit and 
hangman's noose (excuse me, a 
tie), and finally getting a job, 
only to realize that it wouldn't 
pay the rent for a family of AU 

The worst thing about gradu- 
ation is the fear. The fear that 
you won't get a job and will have 
to move back home until death, 
that you'll never be wildly suc- 
cessful, or even moderately so. 
The fear that you won't be able 
to pay your rent and will become 
one of the wandering homeless 
sleeping on a grate in Farragut 
North. Or, worst of all, the fear 
that you'll get a job, but hate it so 
much that you dread waking in 
the morning. 

Don't worry. You might have to 
move home, you might not get a 
job right away, and you may not 
love your first job. It's okay. It 
might be nice to have Mom or 
Dad spoil you for a while, and 
you can use the free time to de- 
cide what it is you really want to 
do. And your first job is always a 
springboard to doing what you 
really enjoy. The key is to relax, 
stay motivated, and be flexible. 
And, when you do get a job, 
blow your very first paycheck. 
You deserve it. n 

-S. McGowan ^^ 


Making A Statement: Gradu- 
ates decorate their caps with 
peace symbols and messages. 

Academia )*z 91 


A Beginning I 


The Podium: Guests, gradu- 
ates, and the audience rise for 
Dr. Greenberg's introductory 
speech. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Kari Odden) 


Meet Your Destiny: A student 
speaker encourages her class- 
mates to strive to succeed in 
whatever they do. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Sharon Lindsey) 

92 )(q Talon '91 


The Final Stop: Graduates line 
up, waiting to get their cer- 
tificates from their dean. 

Watching Intently: Faculty 
members await the arrival of 
the procession at the Winter 
Commencement. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Thanks Mom!: A graduate 
gets a congratulatory hug 
from her mother. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Kari Odden) 

Academia ^ 93 


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96 ^c Talon '91 

Metro y^ 97 


co-op students earn credit, experience 

98 ^c Talon '91 

Marie Baker 
Senior Coordinator 

Through the Career Center 
Cooperative Education Pro- 
gram, American University 
students had the opportunity to 
gain major-related work experi- 
ence while earning a salary. Pre- 
professional or professional 
level jobs earned them up to 
nine credits per semester. The 
Co-op program accomodated 
approximately 500 men and 
women per year in 46 different 
major areas. Students worked 
with over 1400 employers in the 
Washington area and around 

the world. According to Marie 
Baker, Senior Coordinator of the 
Co-op program, student and 
employer satisfaction in the pro- 
gram was high. Baker estimated 
that "forty percent of students 
remain on their co-op for the 
next semester or as a permanent 
job placement." She said that 
199 students were placed for the 
spring 1991 semester and added 
that "many students are inter- 
ested in international co-ops and 
we can help them with that too." 


Smile!: David Schmidt works 
at the Bias Recording Com- 
pany, Inc., gaining hands-on 
engineering experience. 


Deep Concentration: A stu- 
dent anxiously fingers 
through a binder of job listings 
to find the perfect internship. 

Searching for employment 
after graduation was always 
a big concern for university 
students. Increasing competi- 
tion in the job market made it 
necessary for students to find 
ways in which to stand out in 
prospective employers' eyes. 
Some men and women chose to 
increase international service 
and language experience 
through study abroad. Others 
gained job-related skills by be- 
coming involved in an intern- 
ship or cooperative education 

Lisa Baum, a Communication 
major, took a co-op in order to 
get a head start in the job 
market. She said with that ex- 
perience she would not have to 
"start with nothing." Baum in- 
terned at Daniel J. Edelman 
Public Relations Worldwide, 
Inc. doing promotions, setting 
up press conferences, and writ- 
ing press releases for her clients. 
She worked with The Sugar 
Association on a promotion 
called "On Your Mark" which 
tried to get teachers, schools, 
and fourth to sixth graders in- 
volved in good nutrition. 
Susan Fallon chose to use her 
electives in the co-op program. 
A Literature major with a minor 
in Cinema Studies, Fallon felt 
her job at the Kennedy Center fit 
in perfectly with her experience 
in fundraising and interest in ac- 
ting. She researched major inter- 
national events taking place at 
the Kennedy Center to find com- 
pany sponsors. 

David Schmidt had a co-op at 
the Bias Recording Company, 
Inc. in Springfield, VA. He said 
that he wanted to "get out of the 
classroom and into the business 
itself". As an associate engineer, 
he helped make the studio run 
smoothly by working with the 
recording engineers, scheduling 

and making tape duplications. 
Schmidt said that the only well- 
known artist he had worked 
with was Mary Chapin Carpen- 

With the intention of pursuing a 
career in the magazine business, 
Ales Loud worked as a junior re- 
porter for Time magazine 
through the co-op program. He 
gained practical experience in 
his field by doing interviews as 
well as writing. As a correspon- 
dent in the Washington bureau, 
Loud often worked with people 
at the main office of Time in New 

Michael Minerval, a Design 
major, worked for Century 
Management at the Capital 
Centre. He gained hands-on, 
practical experience by design- 
ing logos, business cards and 
brochures for arenas managed 
by Century. Minerva also pro- 
duced the graphics for the Magic 
Message boards— the electronic 
screens which hung from the 
center of the arena. 
Not all students worked in co- 
ops related directly to their 
major. Hilary Bonta, an Inter- 
national Studies major with con- 
centrations in International De- 
velopment and African Studies, 
chose to work in a classroom. At 
Ross Elementary School, she 
and many other non-education 
majors worked as part of the 
program LIFT, Literacy Is For 
Today and Tomorrow, teaching 
reading, and writing to first and 
second graders. The school was 
her second co-op, and Bonta felt 
it was a great opportunity to get 
involved in the Washington 
community and to help 
children. Bonta said her co-op 
was as much work as any class, 
but more rewarding because 
"learning is not just sitting in the 

Classroom." ammm 

— H. Wunder 

Metro ^ 99 


student volunteers share their time 



Everybody's Problem: Home- 

lessness is common every- 
where, even in your own 
backyard. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Sharon Lindsey) 

Food For The Hungry: With 
few places to go, Martha's 
Table boasts of volunteerism 
at its best to feed and give 
warmth to the hungry. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Lisa McGarrv) 

w B 

100 ¥z Talon '91 

Under Construction: The 
Washington Cathedral in 1926 
is partially complete. (PHO- 
D.C. Public Library) 

Many students at The 
American University vol- 
unteered to help feed, clothe, 
and educate the homeless in the 
D.C. area. 

Students of American Volunteer 
Effort, SAVE, participated in 
five different services in the Dis- 

Luther's Place Night Shelter 
provided a safe boarding place, 
meals, and other services for 
homeless women. Student vol- 
unteers remained there over 
night, helping the women feel at 
home and serving breakfast in 
the morning. 

Bethany Women's Center pro- 
vided women with shelter and 
food during the day. The Center 
contained laundry and shower 
facilities. Bethany Women's 
Center also offered literacy 
groups, art therapy, skills build- 
ing classes, and alcohol and nar- 
cotic counseling. The goal of 
Bethany was to help women re- 

build their self esteem and be- 
come self sufficient. 
The Harriet Tubman House and 
Sarah House guided women 
through the stages of substance 
abuse recovery. The Harriet 
Tubman House assisted women 
in overcoming denial and pre- 
paring for residential treatment. 
At the Sarah House, energies 
were directed towards maintain- 
ing sobriety. 

Women who were independent 
but suffered from mental health 
problems found support in 
group homes. Wallenberg 
House and Carol Holmes House 
were two of these. 
Out of the five programs in 
which students from SAVE vol- 
unteered, the only one which 
did not focus on women was the 
Albert Schwietzer House. In- 
stead, it catered to the needs of 
AIDS-infected children. au> 
-L. McGarry 


Just Arriving: A truck carries 
supplies to a D.C. food bank. 

Taking Time Out: A student 
volunteer pauses her work for 
a quick photograph. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Lisa McGarry) 

Metro yc. 101 


unique murals brighten common sights 

One did not have to visit a 
gallery in Washington in 
order to see art. Although there 
were formal exhibits of every 
medium imaginable in the city, 
some of the most modern and 
eloquent works could be seen on 
street corners or on public build- 
ings. Excluding most graffiti, the 
city's murals were seen as cre- 
ative expressions of Wash- 
ington's interests and culture. 
The subjects ranged from car- 
toon characters to movie stars, 
from ethnic leaders to modern 
One of the most popular murals 

Moooving Along: Across the 
Ben and Jerry's restaurant a 
colorful mural of cows eating 
ice cream captures the taste- 
buds of all generations. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Jenna Sur- 

Stopping Traffic: The face of 
Marilyn Monroe at the corner 
of Calvert and 18th delights 
tourists and Washingtonians. 

was inside the main building of 
the D.C. public library. It por- 
trayed the life and times of civil 
rights leader Martin Luther 
King, Jr.. In fact, the whole li- 
brary was designed as a mem- 
orial to Dr. King and includes a 
special media collection on Black 
studies. Other murals had dif- 
ferent meanings for movie fans 
or art students. 

Whether these public works of 
art were full of meaning or just 
for fun, they provided bright 
spots for the sometimes grey 
buildings of the city. ^^m 

-H. Wunder 

102 ^ Talon '91 

Covering Heaven And Earth: 

An Adams Morgan artist im- 
mortalizes his perception of 
the universe through this col- 
orful painting. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Life And Liberty: This library 
mural celebrates African- 
American achievements and 
the leadership of Dr. Martin 
Luther King, Jr.. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Rick Doyle) 

on Arts and Humanities 
selected artists to paint 
murals across the city. During 
the summer months, the De- 
partment of Employment Ser- 
vices Summer Youth Pro- 
gram selected young Wash- 
ingtonians, ages 14-21, to 
work with a master artist to 
implement a mural design. 
The purpose of the program, 
according to Ulysses Garner 
at D.C. Artworks, was to de- 
velop community apprecia- 
tion of the arts, to demon- 
strate to the community that 
the city had an interest in 
them, and to give the area a 
focal point with which to 
create dialogue. 

Metro yt 103 


city expresses religious diversify 

In a city known for cultural and 
ethnic diversity, over eight 
hundred buildings represented 
practically every religion and 
architectural style. The District 
of Columbia was the head- 
quarters for over twenty de- 
nominations of national church- 
es. The locations of places of 
worship were concentrated in 
three areas including "Little 
Rome/' the name given to the 
area around Catholic University; 
16th Street, the "Street of 
Churches"; and Massachusetts 
Ave., the "Avenue of Churches." 
The Mormon Temple attracted 
the attention of drivers with its 
towers of liquid gold reaching 
228 feet above sea level. The 
Islamic Center on Massachu- 
setts Avenue was the focal point 
of that faith in the United States. 
The Washington Hebrew Con- 
gregation boosted the largest 
synagogue in the city, and The 
National Shrine of the Immacu- 
late Conception was the seventh 
largest religious building in the 
world. ^^ 

- H. W under ^^ 

Behrend Menorah: A menor 
ah stands in front of Thi 
Washington Hebrew Conl 
gregation. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Lisa McGarry) 

BA National Shrine: The Shrine 
of the Immaculate Conception 
is located near Catholic Uni- 
versity. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Jenna Surwillo) 

■ Architectural Diversity: A 
Buddhist temple stands out 
among traditional residences. 

104 ^ Talon '91 


DCs sports teams let loose 

Washington, D.C. was not 
only famous for it's place 
in world affairs; it had the Red- 
skins, the Bullets, and Capitals 
to bring the city into the sports 
arena spotlight. In spite of it's 
diversity, one thing brought all 
of Washington to- 
gether — football! 
Each fall the city 
went wild with 
Redskins fever, 
and the Bullets 
and Capitals ex- 
tended the excite- 
ment through the winter. 
Tickets to these events were al- 
ways hot items. Students new to 
the area inevitably asked, 
"What's the secret to getting 
Redskins' tickets?" Many people 
wished they knew the answer. 

Redskins 1990 
Wins 10 
Losses 6 

In 1991, the 'Skins made it to the 
playoffs before their loss to the 
N.Y. Giants ended their Super 
Bowl dream. There was also hope 
of bringing in a National League 
baseball franchise to replace the 
Senators who left D.C. for Texas in 
1971. Washington 
was in the race with 
five other cities to 
get one of the two 
franchises available. 
RFK Stadium had 
been given a face lift 
and had been re- 
viewed by a national committee. 
The prospects were hopeful and 
D.C. sports fans crossed their fin- 
gers waiting for the answer. Would 
the nation's capital expand into a 
four team city? 

-//. Wunder MET 


Alley-Oop: Bullets starter 
goes up for a three point shot. 
Lav ton) 

Blocking The Shot: Capitals 
goalie reaches for a fast mov- 
ing puck. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Washington Post) 


Busting Through: Giants 
speedster drives for the end 
Washington Post) 

Metro yc 105 


student protests capture universities 

Throughout 1991, protests 
and rallies occurred on every 
campus across the Washington, 
D.C. area. Their national as well 
as local controversies affected 
most Washingtonians. 
But most campuses in our con- 
sortium of universities simply 
rallied for the same basic right: 
representation in major admin- 
istrative decisions. 
AU: At The American Uni- 
versity, students, faculty, and 
staff were outraged to find out 
about a proposed $1 million buy- 
out of Richard Berendzen. After 
resigning from his position as 
president, Berendzen remained 
on staff as physics professor. In 
an effort to remove him entirely 
from campus, the Board of 
Trustees offered him "a gift for 
his ten years of service" of 
$680,000, plus severance pay. 
Members of AU protested, feel- 
ing they should have had a vote 
in such a controversial matter. 
Many students felt Berendzen 
was an excellent professor, re- 
gardless of personal problems. 
Faculty and staff chastized both 
Berendzen and the Board of 
Trustees for bringing focus upon 
an uneasy situation and for not 
going through appropriate 
channels. As a result of rallies 
and a lengthy petition to Chair- 
man of the BOT Ed Carr, the 
offer was recinded. Berendzen 

Here For An Education: 

George Washington Uni- 
versity students carry signs 
protesting the priorities of the 
administration. (PHOTO- 
Cherry Tree) 

will be allowed to return as a 
physics professor in Fall 1992. 
Milton Greenberg, Interim Pres- 
ident and Provost, in a letter to 
the board members stated, 
"Never have I seen so many 
speak with a single voice." 
UDC: On Wednesday, Sep- 
tember 26, students at the Uni- 
versity of the District of Colum- 
bia began to take control of 
Buildings 38 and 39 of the Van 
Ness campus, launching an 
eleven day occupation. 
The controversies revolved 
around the students' pleas for 
extended library hours, Afro- 
centralized curriculum, day care 
facilities, and increased student 
representation in the university- 
wide decision making process. 
The student leaders, Mark 
Thompson and Lisa Shaw, de- 
manded the resignation of elev- 
en members of the Board of 
Trustees. By late evening of their 
first day, approximately 500 
students had gathered in sup- 
port of KIAMSHA. Kiamsha is a 
Swahili word which means "that 
which wakes you up"; it became 
the name for the movement 
which hoped to initiate action 
against mismanagement of the 

The protestors refused to meet 

with board members and called 

upon present Mayor, Marion 

(continued on page 108) 

106 Yz Talon '91 


No More!: Studentsat the Uni- 
versity of the District of Co- 
lumbia, led by Mark Thomp- 
son(lower left), rally against 
an increasingly poor edu- 
cational system. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tyler Mallory) 

care about what happens with 
their tuition and are sick at being 
left out of important decisions. 
T: In relation to other schools do 
you think AU was justified in it's 

D.H.: "Absolutely, because AU 
has an incredibly small endow- 
ment and an isolated body of 

D.H.: "Because J.F.K. and the 
Civil Rights movement could 
have been comemorated in much 
more educational way. The wall 
cost $70,000, we need $70,000 in 
library books." 

Dana Hull was a dominant voice 
in the protests against the Richard 
Berendzen buy-out. 






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"A culturally grounded education can undermine the economic draft." 

(202) 282-7454 

American Ideals: This sign 
held at the AU protest reflects 
the cry heard from all area uni- 
versities, (laloa File Photo- 

Metro )< 107 


student protests capture universities 

Barry, to negotiate. By the elev- 
enth day, Reverand Stanley, 
convener of the trustees, an- 
nounced an 11 p.m. deadline. 
After an impassioned speech by 
Reverand Wilson of Union 
Temple Baptist Church, stu- 
dents agreed to settle their dis- 
agreements. On October 6, an 
official "memorandum of under- 
standing" was signed. 
CUA: In November, contro- 
versy hit the campus of the 
Catholic University of America. 
The Undergraduate Student 
Government Association rec- 
ognized Catholic Students for 
Choice, a student organization 
which supported a woman's 
choice to have an abortion. The 
Association revoked the deci- 
sion only a week later due to re- 
strictions in university bylaws. 
Since the university was found- 
ed on the beliefs of the Roman 
Catholic Church, it had to abide 
by the church's pro-life views. 
Michael Heresy, chair of Cath- 
olic Students for Choice, re- 
mained optimistic because there 
was growing student support 
for the organization. He and 
other student leaders of pro- 
choice groups, including AU 
senior Robyn Elliot, felt that the 
pressure from outside or- 
ganizations and students, 
would force the administration 
to allow the group on campus. 
The students believed the prob- 
lem was an issue of freedom of 
speech, rather than one of re- 
ligious commitment. 
GW: George Washington Uni- 
versity students, similar to those 
at AU and UDC, demanded to 
be "included in the decision 
making process". 
Students opposed a program 
which would pay to engrave a 
brick for each graduating senior. 
Bill Hutchinson, a member of 

the Progressive Student Union 
(PSU) stated, "This University 
doesn't need any more cosmetic 
improvements." Many students 
agreed with PSU and gathered 
in front of Gelman Library to 
begin a march toward Rice Hall, 
chanting "books not bricks." 
In response to the students' 
demonstration, GW President 
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg an- 
nounced that graduating seniors 
would have a choice between a 
brick or a book with their name 

Galludet: On November 9, Gal- 
ludet University student Carl 
Dupree, 41, died from asphyxi- 
ation on the steps of the student 
center. The former student had 
been disputing an English grade 
with a professor and refused to 
leave the professor's office. Se- 
curity officers apprehended and 
hand-cuffed Dupree. Minutes 
later, Dupree collapsed, unable 
to breathe, in the doorway of the 
student center. Students at the 
all deaf university protested for 
four days, insisting that the offi- 
cers had been too forceful, and 
by cuffing Dupree's hands, they 
had prohibited him from com- 
municating his distress. 
Georgetown: Georgetown Uni- 
versity law student, Timothy 
Maguire, wrote an article in the 
Georgetown Law Weekly, 
which stated that the law 
school's affirmative action pol- 
icies for admission were unfair 
to white applicants. Maguire 
had used information obtained 
through his position in the 
Admissions Office for the ar- 
ticle, which said that the quali- 
fications of white and black 
students accepted by the law 
school were "dramatically un- 

Many of the students at George- 
(continued on page 109) 


Let Me Pass: A GWU student 
attempts to enter a university 
building while carrying a bag 
full of bricks to represent the 
proposed new program. 
OF: The Cherrv Tree) 

Thumbs Up: Frank D' Andrea 
encourages students to fight 
for a voice in university deci- 
sions at a November AU pro- 
Chris Kokinos) 

108 Yz Talon '91 

"The reason we are here is 
that we feel we do not have 
direct control over the deci- 
sions that affect us." Sound 
familiar? This quote, how- 
ever, was taken from The 
Eagle, November 12, 1971. 
Twenty years ago, AU stu- 
dents protested the same in- 
adequacies of the Board of 
Trustees as we did this year. 
A week of rallies, protests, 
and sits-in in November 1971 
were designed to voice stu- 
dent complaints. Among the 

strongest requests was the 
need for a gynecologist. 
Thirty women sat in AU Pres- 
ident George Williams' office, 
waiting for him to return and 
negotiate. Upon his arrival, 
President Williams attempted 
to make peace with the 
women. However, they re- 
fused. He tried to suspend all 
of them, but they did not 
care. He threatened to arrest 
them. Seven women bravely 
remained and were subse- 
quently arrested. Five of the 
students were arraigned by 
the University Court of Gen- 
eral Sessions. Gynecologist 
services were initiated. 
"The major student demands 
included giving students and 
faculty the major role in deci- 
sion-making, student control 
over activities fee, and a ceil- 
ing on tuition and dorm 
costs," reported The Eagle. 
Still sound familiar? 

■-•'! ... 


Bridging The Gap: The con- 
struction of a larger bridge to 
span the Potomac River al- 
lowed for easier travel to and 
from Georgetown. (PHOTO- 
Public Library) 

Standing Guard: A student 
watches over a barricaded 
door at the UDC takeover of 
university buildings. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Tyler Mallory) 

town were outraged at Ma- 
guire's letter, asserting he had 
broken his pledge of con- 
fidentiality toward the Admis- 
sions Office. The Black Law Stu- 
dent Association requested that 
Maguire's degree be withheld. 
Attorneys for the school decided 
to not withhold the diploma, but 
to let him graduate with a formal 
letter of reprimand. Although 
the letter was not a part of his 
official transcript, university 
officials believed the publicity 
surrounding the case would 

follow Maguire into his job 

Caroline Smith, a member of 
BLSA, criticized the settlement 
as a "slap on the wrist" and was 
disappointed that Georgetown 
University "would okay some- 
body's racial harassment of a 
group of students". Maguire's 
lawyers, on the other hand, 
"were elated with the settle- 
ment" and saw it as "extremely 
favorable". JtW 

-L. McGarry 

Metro ^z 109 


a treasury of arts and entertainment 


Statuesque: A fountain, ded- 
icated to Francis DuPont, 
marks the center of the circle. 


The Pyramid: This statue rep- 
resents the uniqueness of art 
found in Dupont Circle. 

French architect Pierre 
L'Enfant envisioned Wash- 
ington to be a prominent city of 
the world. As part of his grand 
design, he developed traffic cir- 
cles to impede invading armies. 
However, at times, these circles 
aggrevated modern day armies 
of rush hour traffic. But, the cir- 
cles did give D.C. a unique and 
distinguished layout. 
Dupont Circle, which was ex- 
tremely well known, was cre- 
ated in the 1870s as a residential 
neighborhood characterized by 
expensive mansions and em- 

Many small museums, includ- 
ing The Phillips Collection, de- 
veloped around the circle. 
Together with the many book- 
stores and cafes, the museums 
helped Dupont Circle become 
an eclectic yet elegant area of the 
District. ^^_- 

-L. McGarry 

110 yc Talon '91 


neighborhood celebrates culture 

Each year Adams Morgan 
holds an outdoor festival to 
celebrate the neighborhood's 
ethnic and cul- 
tural diversity. 
Conceived by 
Hal Wheeler, 
the festival de- 
buted in 1977 at- 
tracting a relativ- 
ely small crowd 
of 10,000. This year, 260,000 
people gathered for the thir- 
teenth annual celebration. John 
Jones, a chairman of the Adams 

Morgan Day board of commun- 
ity activists, told the Washington 
Post, "We want to foster an ex- 
ample for the 

". . . people working, liv- 
ing, worshiping, partying 
together and discovering 
each other ..." 

rest of the world 

about what 


harmony is all 

about . . . It's 

about people 

working, living, 

worshiping, and partying 

together, and discovering each 

other ..." 

-L. Mc( <arry JKKf 

Lifelike Photo Draws Atten- 
tion: Local vendors present 
eclectic offerings at the fes- 
tival. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed 

Taking Cover: Employees of 
the Pizazz Grill on Wheels 
attempt to hold on to their 
canopy as wind, rain, and hail 
almost tear it apart. 
ington Post-Brooks) 

Metro >(C111 


mall intended as a green oasis 

The Mall was planned in 1791 
as a major open park within 
the city. Pierre Charles L'Enfant 
envisioned a 400 foot wide ave- 
nue running 
west of the Cap- 
itol through to 
the site of the 
The buildings 
on the Mall 
were meant to 

be strictly institutional, made up 
of sections of the Smithsonian 
Museum, which stretched for 
three city blocks. The Mall had 
been the site of visits from vari- 

ous leaders from abroad, such as 
the Dalai Lama and Pope John 
Paul II in 1979. The city's focal 
point, the Washington Monu- 
ment, found at 

"Obelisks are markers of 
beginnings and end- 

-Robert Harbison, 
Eccentric Spaces 

the West end of 
the Mall, was 
the world's tall- 
est solid mason- 
ry structure. In 
1959, the base of 
the monument 
was encircled 
by fifty American flags. The 
office of the National Capitol 
Parks had no record of how the 
circle of flags came to be auth- 
orized. MBF 
-H. Wunder 


Off-Kilter: This view of the 
Washington Monument 
shows its magnificence. 



Declaration Of A Statesman's 
Past: The Jefferson Memorial 
sits aside from the Mall, yet is 
part of the cross formed bv the 
monuments, seen only by air. 

Serene Power: People walk 
across the Mall in front of the 
Capitol, situated at the far end 
of the grass. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Tariq Sheikh) 



112 Yz Talon 


cathedral completed after 84 years 

The Cathedral Church of St. 
Peter and St. Paul was in- 
tended to be a national house of 
prayer in which all people were 
invited to worship together, re- 
gardless of their religious affilia- 
tion. This cathedral was a part of 
Pierre L'Enfant's plan for pro- 
viding a useful and inviting 
gathering place for the nation's 
people. It has been a center for 
international peace and fellow- 
ship and the site of memorial 
services for Winston Churchill 
and Martin Luther King, Jr. In- 
augural prayer services for Pres- 

idents Ronald Reagan and 
George Bush took place there. 

In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt 
addressed the people at the lay- 
ing of its cornerstone. In Sep- 
tember 1990, President and Mrs. 
Bush were present for the rais- 
ing and setting of the final stone 
of the Great Pinnacle dedicated 
by the National Cathedral Asso- 
ciation. The Washington Cathe- 
dral has become a point of in- 
terest for tourists and religious 
worshipers alike. 

-H. Wunder ^^ 

Luxde Pace: Religious sym- 
bols decorate one of many 
beautiful stained glass 
windows. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Jules Hulton) 

Pinnacle of Achievement: A 

great tower reaches skyward. 

Grand Entrance: Portals of the 
Cathedral welcome thousands 
every year. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Jules Hulton) 

Metro Y^ 113 


earth day '91 raises consciousness 





US Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC 

Environmentally aware 
groups from across the D.C. 
metro area joined together to 
celebrate the 21st anniversary of 
Earth Day. The weekend of 
April 20th-22nd was filled with 
"green" demonstrations and ex- 
hibits. The National Park Service 
held an Earth Day celebration 
that included guided nature 
walks, ecology demonstrations, 
and wildlife talks at Turkey Run 
Park in Virginia. Save America's 
Forests, an environmental 
group, organized a rally on the 
Mall to oppose the logging and 
clear-cutting of forest lands in 

the United States. Chris Van 
Dalen, the organization's co- 
director, summed up the events 
of the day by telling the Wash- 
ington Post, "We have brought 
together a lot of local groups 
who feel strongly about preserv- 
ing the environment." The 
group also organized a Bike-to- 
Work rally in an effort to cut 
down on pollution. 
The Metro D.C. Environmental 
Network sponsored an "Eco- 
Tour-a-Thon" which included 
24 workshops and a walk-a-thon 
to raise money for environ- 
mental projects. Participants 

gathered pledges for their for. 
mile walk through the cit 
which began in Anacostia Par 
The marathon passed the sites 
many ecological issues whi< 
were of great concern to tl 
D.C. area: the city incinerator, 
PEPCO oil-fired generator, ar 
a proposed site for a freew. 
which would cut through pai 

Cleaning up the nation's capit 
was an important priority f 
Washington residents on at lea 
one day of the year, Earth Da 
-H. Wunder M 



114 ^C Talon '91 

Practicing What They Preach: 

Environmental advocates 
listen to appeals made by 
Earth Day speakers. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Lisa McGarry) 

From The Mouths Of Babes: 

A young man stands up for his 
belief in environmental 
causes. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Lisa McGarry) 

Earth Education: Park rangers 
teach children about the earth 
through games and activities. 



:oo becomes a biopark of the future 

The National Zoological Park 
was known historically to 
focus upon the exhibiton of as 
many exotic species as possible. 
Created by an Act of Congress in 
1889, the National 
Zoo began merely 
as a park, and little 
care was given to 
animal health; ani- 
mals that died 
were simply re- 
placed. The rapid 
decline of many species eventu- 
ally forced the zoo to con- 
centrate on long term animal 
care, management, and con- 
servation of the entire popula- 

". . . the advancement 
of science and the in- 
struction and recreation 
of the people." 

In order to expand human 
knowledge of animals, a zoolog- 
ical research division was es- 
tablished in 1965 to study repro- 
duction, behavior, and ecology 
of zoo species. As 
the zoo staff 
learned to better 
meet the animals' 
needs, the entire 
look of the zoo 
changed. As a 
park publication 
stated, the National Zoological 
Park came to represent "the 
advancement of science and the 
instruction and recreation of the 

-H. Wunder Mt/F 

Pachyderm Parade: Elephants 
emerge from their building to 
entertain visitors. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Heidi 

Metro yc 115 


nightlife, just a metro ride away 

Nightlife in Washington, 
D.C. could fit anyone's 
style and preference of music, 
dancing, food, or film. The wide 
range of activities impressed 
students from the area as well as 
those from across the U.S. and 
the world. 

The clubs of D.C. attracted 
young people from the entire 
metropolitan area. Jennifer 
Hale, originally from Arlington, 
Virginia, said that she started 
coming into the city to party 
while she was in high school. 
She preferred the Roxy and the 
Bayou and said, "there's lots 
better places to go than George- 
town." Hale liked the atmo- 
sphere of places such as the 
Grog and Tankard and the Brick- 
skeller because they were "very 
comfortable, very friendly, and 
you can blend in and be 

As a resident of Chicago, Il- 
linois, Liz Dakuras was familiar 
with nightlife in a big city. She 
said that the clubs in D.C. are 
"about equal with those in 
Chicago, but it's easier to get 
into places here." 
Holly Nagorney, from Cleve- 
land , Ohio, compared George- 
town to "the Flats", an area of 
clubs and bars on the banks of 
Lake Erie. Holly enjoyed the 
nightlife in Washington, but she 
wished "that they would open a 
place by AU. We have to take the 
Metro everywhere while other 
colleges have clubs nearby." 
However, the lack of convenient 
entertainment rarely held 
anyone back from going out. 
Most people were willing to pay 
the 85 cents to catch a bus to 
Georgetown or the metro to 
Dupont Circle. Public transpor- 
tation was often a preferred 
means for travel, but it did have 
its drawbacks, like racing to 
catch the last train at midnight or 
waiting for a bus in the rain. It 
might have been annoying 
sometimes, but at least no one 
had to look for parking. ^^_ 
-H. Wunder 

It was 8:30, and the place 
was already crowded. The 
smell of beer, pizza, and 
smoke hung in the air. 
Waiters and waitresses 
moved from table to table, 
refilling drinks, taking or- 
ders, and sometimes join- 
ing in the laughter or good 
times. Men and women 
flirted with each other 
across the red and white 
checkered tablecloths as 
managers stood guard at 
the doors. Familiar faces 
were everywhere. But 
then, they always were at 


Lights, Camera, Action: 
Movie theatres such as this 
Cineplex Odeon in Dupont 
Circle provide a relaxing eve- 
ning for many university 
students. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Heidi Wunder) 

11 6 yc Talon '91 


The Street That Never Sleeps: 

M Street in Georgetown re- 
mains extremely busy until all 
hours of the morning. (PHO- 
TOGRPH BY: C. Milton 


Not For Reading: The Library 
on M Street in Georgetown 
offers somewhat expensive, 
but fun entertainment for 
nighttime parriers. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Heidi Wunder) 

' T9 £ aOHQETOtvN C^Jh-^r/ 

Kir ■ IS 

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Unique Is The Word: Kramer- 
books & Afterwords, where 
one can pick up a book, then 
step next door to have delicate 
pastries, a cordial, or a drink, 
is located at Dupont Circle. 

Covered In Scaffolds: The 
outer structure of the Wash- 
ington Cathedral was still 
under construction in the mid 
1900's. (PHOTOGRAPH 

Metro *fz117 


out with the old, in with the new 

Campaign '90 was a morality 
play as well as a mayorial 
race. In January 1990, Wash- 
ington's mayor of ten years, 
Marion Barry, was arrested in a 
police sting operation on drug 
related charges. Undaunted, 
Barry went on with his re- 
election campaign supported by 
longtime backers and friends 
who remembered Barry from his 
civil rights work in the 1960's. 

The competition was formi- 
dable. Sharon Pratt Dixon, a 
proud native of Washington 
D.C., began the race in an un- 
derdog position, but came out 
ahead after the primaries. Dixon 
was a great surprise to every- 
one, as she had never run in a 
political campaign before. 
Former police chief Maurice 
Turner ran as a Republican with 
a "get tough" attitude, and 
Alvin Frost ran independently 
on the "D.C. for statehood" 

When Dixon won in Novem- 
ber, she promised to clean 
house, not with a broom but, 
"with a shovel." As mayor-elect, 
she vowed to change the city 
from ten years of Barry waste 
which, in her opinion, weighed 
it down. Dixon set out to work 
immediately after her inaugura- 
tion by firing surplus staff and 
workers who had accumulated 
during the Barry administration. 
When not working, the mayor 
spent her time visiting schools 
and speaking to the young 
people of Washington, D.C. 
Sharon Pratt Dixon, to many, 
was a welcome change in a city 
fouled by scandal. 

-//. Wunder MttF 


Making a point: Mayor Dixon 
lays out plans for the city's 
future. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Washington Post) 

Facing The Public: Barry 
meets the press after the ver- 
dict was announced. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Washington 

118yc Talon '91 


Caught In The Act: Marion 
Barry is escorted to police 
headquarters. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Washington Post) 

Reconstruction: Post Civil 
War construction of the Wash- 
ington Monument causes it to 
be surrounded by scaffolding. 
OF: D.C. Public Library) 

Smile, Mr. Mayor, 
you're on candid 

Former D.C. Mayor Marion 
Barry, was brought down by 
a hidden camera. A tape of 
Barry's rendezvous with 
former girlfriend Rasheeda 
Moore showed the mayor in- 
haling from a crack pipe in a 
room at the Vista Interna- 
tional Hotel. Moments later, 
Barry was arrested by FBI 
agents and local police. 
Realizing that he had been 
stung, Barry was quoted as 
saying, "Goddam, I 
shouldn't have come . . .that 
bitch set me up." The former 
mayor then went to trial fac- 
ing eleven drug mis- 
demeanors and three felony 
charges for perjury. His 
lawyer, R. Kenneth Mundy, 
said that the federal sting op- 
eration was racially motivat- 
ed and "entrapment, pure 

and simple." 

Following weeks of testi- 
mony, Marion Barry was 
found guilty on one mis- 
demeanor charge of cocaine 
possession. The jury ac- 
quitted him of a second drug 
possession charge and could 
not decide on the other 
twelve counts, forcing the 
judge to declare a mistrial. 
Barry walked out of the 
courthouse receiving a $500 
fine and probation amid 
cheers of "Barry! Barry!" and 
"Four more years!" 


All Smiles: Marion Barry is 
congratulated after a lengthy 
Washington Post) 

Metro >(£119 


do blood and oil mix? 

In August, Iraq invaded 
Kuwait. President Bush, deter- 
mined to stop Saddam Hussein, 
deployed U.S. troops to the Per- 
sian Gulf. The United States was 
divided in opinion. Some sup- 
ported this action, others did not. 
The protests began. Men and 
women filled Lafayette Park and 
the streets around the Capitol 
upset at the prospect of war. 
They carried signs reading "No 
Blood For Oil" and "Peace". 

The United Nations set Jan- 
uary 15 as a mandatory deadline 
for Iraq to remove all troops 
from Kuwait. Hussein did not 
adhere to the deadline, causing 
Bush to initiate an air offense on 
January 17 and ground offense 
shortly thereafter. Protests con- 
tinued, only this time, their 
cause varied. Some still demon- 
strated discontent with the en- 
tire situation. Others wanted 
peace; they disagreed with the 
concept of war altogether. Still 
others showed their support. 
Regardless of their opinions, 
however, almost everyone sup- 
ported the United States troops 
in the Gulf. 

-L. Mc( ni rr\ MBF 


Never Asleep: A modern 
Georgetown serves as a pop- 
ular site of entertainment. 
ton Beeghly) 


Support Us: The National C 
alition to Stop U.S. Interve 
tion in the Middle Ea 
stresses domestic needs rath 
than foreign crises. (Talon Fi 

120 yc Talon '91 


Peaceable Assembly: Pro- 
testers move down Penn- 
sylvania Avenue towards the 
White House. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Kari Odden) 


"It's not anti-American to 
support peace . . . being for 
the war has nothing to with 
patriotism." - Jeff Erlich, SOC 

"I don't think the lives lost 
were worth it." - David Noll 
SOC '94 

"I totally support our ef- 
forts in the Gulf and I feel we 
owe it our troops to show our 
support." - Enu Mainig, CAS 

"I just hope they come 
back." - Dianne Coan, SIS '92 

"The crisis in the Gulf is a 
prelude to Armageddon." - 
Matt Planet, CAS '91 

"It is very easy to be de- 
tached because many of us 
don't know anyone serving in 
the Gulf." - Angela Bond, SIS 


Stars and Stripes: A unifying 
symbol is raised high amidst 
controversy. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Kari Odden) 


Peace: A young man expresses 
his desire to end the fighting 
in the Persian Gulf. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Kari Odden) 

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protestors converge on the capitol 

It was hard to ignore a march 
on Washington. Even the pres- 
ident could look out his window 
on to Pennsylvania Avenue and 
see people carrying signs, ex- 
pressing opinions, and making 
their voices heard. Visibility was 
high in Washington, D.C., which 
was often called the rally capitol 
of the world. In addition, nu- 
merous rallies and protests took 
place here because as the capital 
of the United States, Washing- 
ton D.C. served as a center for 
people to voice their opinion 
without fear. Freedom of speech 
not only represented the Ameri- 
can sense of ideals, but at times, 
acted as a unifying force for those 
who shared common concerns. 

Demonstrations at the Capitol 
were often controversial. Op- 
posing groups often clashed, re- 
sulting in police intervention 

and more attention for the 
cause. People sometimes ques- 
tioned the right of others to 
march, but the government 
could not restrict these demon- 
strations for one main reason. 
Freedom of speech and the right 
to peaceful assembly were guar- 
anteed in the Constitution. If the 
United States government re- 
stricted demonstrations, they 
would directly violate American 
rights — rights that were so vital 
to the democratic idealism of the 
founders of the United States 
that no state would ratify the 
Constituion without the inclu- 
sion of the Bill of Rights. 

Americans had not changed. 
We continued to uphold the 
principles of the Constitution, 
and the Bill of Rights remained a 
dominant cause. 

-// 1\ under MKW 

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Completed: The Washington 
Cathedral is finished after 84 
Jules Hulton) 

Brief Confrontation: Counter 
demonstrations challenge 
police during a Klan rally. 
ington Post-Margaret 

"I've never seen police in riot gear before. They 
seemed to be trying their best to look scary." 
Katie Soderman 
CAS '93 

The Ku Klux Klan marched 
on Washington in Sep- 
tember. Amidst the contro- 
versy and violence of anti- 
Klan protestors, the march 
was cut short. In November 
the Klan returned. The Dis- 
trict Police Department was 
concerned that they would 
not be able to offer enough se- 
curity for the Klan members. 
Many officers were torn be- 
tween duty and personal be- 
liefs as they were assigned to 
protect the members of an or- 
ganization which stood for 
everything that their an- 
cestors had fought hard 

Unite Israel: Men and women 
demonstrate their support at a 
Pro-Israeli Rally. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Adam Born- 

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controversy over constitutional rights 

In August, President Bush an- 
nounced his Supreme Court 
nominee as Judge David Souter. 
The nomination was contro- 
versial because of Souter's inex- 
perience in comparison to past 

Pro-Choice activists feared Sou- 
ter's silence on abortion, and 
they became the primary co- 
alition against him. National 
Abortion Rights Action League 
(NARAL) and other Pro-Choic- 
ers began the decade hoping to 
solidify the reproductive rights 
of women. Pro-Choice groups 
introduced legislation to pre- 
vent a reversal of Roe. The Free- 
dom of Choice Act 1989 would 
"enact into federal law the prin- 
ciples set forth in Roe v. Wade, 
the decision prohibiting states 
from restricting women's right 
to terminate a pregnancy." 
Other tactics included education 
and student task forces. Johanna 
Foster, Vice-chair of AU For 
Choice, hoped, "Women and 
men will realize reproductive 
right is a fundamental one... if 
we can't control our bodies, how 
can we do anything?" 
AU for Choice helped other Pro- 
Choice groups as well. One item 
on their agenda was clinic de- 
fense. Pro-Life groups or- 
ganized Operation Rescue, 
blocking entrances of abortion 
clinics. A Pro-Choice task force 
escorted patients into clinics. 
AU for Choice also helped 
NARAL support the Freedom of 
Choice Act. 

In July 1989, the Supreme Court 
case of Webster v. Reproductive 
Health Services allowed states to 
pass legislation restricting abor- 
tion rights. As students in D.C., 
Foster emphasized the need to 
act out in rallies, petitions, and 
letters. ^EV 

-L. McGarrv 

Voicing Opinions: People of 
all ages gather at a Pro-Life 
rally to protest the legalization 
of abortions. (PHOTOCRPAH 
BY: Jon Fulkerson) 







Fiom Souter's 
high school 
yearbook, edited 
by David Souter 

Rally with NOW to send a message to the Senate: 

Safeguard our civil rights or relinquish your 
Senate seat in the next election! 



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We will not accept a Supreme Court justice 

who considers strides made in women's equality, 

civil rights, and lesbian and gay rights null and void! 

I NOW at 331-0066 

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Keep Abortion Legal: Pro- 
Choice advocators protest the 
suggested appointment of 
David Souter to Supreme 
Court Justice at a Washington 
John McDonnell) 

Talon: What is the purpose of 
AU Right to Life? 
Brian Iori: "We try to educate 
the AU community about the 
abortion issue, and other issues 
involving the protection of life. 
We also try to create change as 
well as knowledge." 
T: How does AU Right to Life in- 
teract with the city? 
B.I.: "We work with the Na- 
tional Right to Life in D.C. with 
their educational services de- 
partment, and through demon- 
strations, information, etc." 
T: What was the position of 
Right to Life on the nomination 

of David Souter? 

B.I.: "I thought he should be ap- 
proved. We don't think the abor- 
tion issue is the central issue when 
it comes to approving a candidate 
for the Supreme Court. I don't think 

a person should be turned down 
because he is pro-life if he is 

T: What does AU Right to Life 
hope to accomplish in the 

B.I.: We hope to inform people 
about an issue that we feel is 
very important and very colored 
by the opposition's incorrect in- 

Brian Iori was the president of 
AU Right to Life. He was a junior 
studying Phychology and Pre- 

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a day of recognition for our heroes 

World War I ended with an 
armistice on November 
11, 1918. One year later, Pres- 
ident Wilson proclaimed that 
this day, Armistice Day, would 
be "filled with solemn pride in 
the heroism of those who died 
. . . and gratitude for the victory 
..." In 1921, during the first 
Presidential Armistice Celebra- 
tion, the first unknown soldier 
was brought to the United States 
and buried in National Cem- 
etery. In 1938, Franklin D. 
Roosevelt signed a law which 
made Armistice Day a legal hol- 

iday in Washington, D.C. . Over 
the next few years, all the other 
states passed similar bills. 

Later, a movement began in 
Euporia, Kansas to incorporate 
the veterans of all wars and re- 
name the holiday Veterans Day. 
When their case was brought to 
Congress and President Eisen- 
hower, he signed the unop- 
posed bill, making it a law in 
June, 1954. Since then, Vet- 
eran's Day has been celebrated 
with parades and ceremonies all 
over the U.S.. ^^^ 

-L. Mc( MtKF 

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From Those Who Know: A 

sign expresses the desire to 
avoid the repetition of history. 

Final Form: The Washington 
Monument is two-toned due 
to two stages of construction, 
before and after the Civil War. 

I went to the Vietnam Me- 
morial on Veterans Day to 
take pictures. I 
saw a teenage 
girl wearing her 
father's military 
jacket and a 
mother crying. 
Painfully, I 
realized what 
the memorial 
represented. I 
left deeply 
moved by the 
scenes of grief. 
While at work 
that night, I met 
a veteran and 
his wife. I felt 
compelled to 
approach them. 
We discussed the memorial, 
its emotional impact, and the 
irony that a new war was 
starting. As I turned to go, I 
touched him saying, "Thank 

you. This is your day." Later, 
he called me over to his table 
and said, "I 
want you to 
have these." I 
tried to refuse 
but he insisted, 
pressing two 
objects in my 
hand. "It's nice 
to be remem- 
bered," he said 
as I stared down 
at his dog tags. 
I will never 
forget that day 
at the Vietnam 
Memorial. I will 
never forget 
Dave McCar- 
thy, and I hope I 
will never see another wall — 
one with names I know. 
(Dedicated to Dave McCar- 
thy) -L. McGarry 

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Washington, D.C. 

Volume 65 
Number 1 

1 alon 

War in the Gulf 

by Kevin Westrich 
Metro News Staff 

This past year, the United States 
engaged in war in the Persian 
Gulf. The Middle East, a 
troubled area for centuries, be- 
came inflamed with fighting. 
The conflict centered upon the 
struggle to liberate Kuwait from 
Iraqi occupation. Until this liber- 
ation was accomplished, United 
States citizens watched in fear as 
the Crisis in the Gulf captured all 
the headlines. 

Events began on August 2, 1990, 
when Iraqi troops, under the 
leadership of Saddam Hussein, 
invaded Kuwait. President Bush 
and other world leaders feared 
an Iraqi invasion of Saudi Arabia 
as well as the reprecussions 
should Hussein's actions remain 
unchecked. On August 7, with 
the United Nation's approval, 
Bush ordered American troops 
overseas to help defend Saudi 
Arabia and liberate Kuwait. 
Other countries soon followed, 
forming a coalition force against 
Iraq. As the line was drawn in 
the sand along the border be- 
tween Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, 
diplomatic attempts at peace 
were slowly extinguished and 
economic sanctions were in- 
creased. The U.S., as well as 
other nations, gradually in- 
creased the number of troops in 
the Middle East in anticipation 
of war. 

War seemed eminent when the 
United Nations set a January 15 
deadline. If Iraqi troops did not 
leave Kuwait by this date, Coal- 
ition troops had the permission 
of the United Nations to liberate 
the nation by force. 
On January 9, Iraqi Foreign Min- 
ister Tariq Aziz met with U.S. 
Secretary of State James Baker in 
Geneva, Switzerland, to attempt 
to settle the dispute without 
war. Neither side was willing to 
make concessions. The failure of 
this meeting clearly indicated 

Saddam Hussein (left) and President Bush (right) were the two main figures in the Gulf Crisis. 

conflict was at hand. 
On the evening of January 16, 
the war began as Coalition 
forces bombed Baghdad under 
Operation Desert Storm. The 
Coalition used their air superi- 
ority to continue bombing the 
Iraqi forces on the Kuwaiti bor- 
der as well as other targets in 
Iraq and Kuwait. Slowly, the 
Iraqi troops were destroyed 
from the air. As the bombing 
continued, their defenses were 
increasingly weakened. 
In an attempt to end the war 
quickly, President Bush set an- 
other deadline for noon on Sat- 

urday, January 23. The Iraqis 
were told to leave Kuwait under 
Coalition conditions by this 
time, or a ground assault would 
begin. No agreement was made, 
and one hundred hours of fight- 
ing began. The combat proved 
highly successful for Coalition 
forces. On January 27, their 
troops marched into Kuwait 
City, and President Bush pro- 
nounced, "Kuwait is liberated." 
A cease fire agreement ended 
the bombing, and the Coalition 
declared victory. 
The end of the war was marked 
by rejoicing across the United 

States and around the worl 
Americans who had been glut 
to CNN for the latest new 
could finally relax. United Stat 
soldiers and other military pe 
sonnel soon began to retui 
from the Gulf. Americai 
welcomed the troops home wi 

The 43 days of battle caused a; 
proximately 700 Coalition ca 
ualties. An estimated 100,0( 
Iraqis were either killed < 

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Talon 1991 


1 Catherine Kovacs 
etro News Staff 

'me people said that the only 
|iy to establish peace was to 
olish them all; others felt they 
ere insurance to maintain 
race. Either way, weapons 
?re a part of life. February polls 
owed that the main reason the 
iblic rationalized the Gulf War 
is fear of Saddam Hussein ob- 
ning nuclear weapons, 
jclear weapons had become a 
eat threat since Oppenheimer 
aated the atomic bomb. It was 
scovered that should a nuclear 
ar occur, civilization would no 
nger exist. However, at the 
iitset, no one knew what dan- 
rs had been bestowed upon 
e World. In fact, on July 16, 
45, the testers in the Alamog- 
do Desert ran behind a rock 
jping to shield themselves 
urn the explosion, 
hen the United States first he- 
me involved with Iraq, a big 
ncern was chemical warfare. 
1907, all major powers, except 

the United States, signed the 
Hague Convention, making the 
use of chemical and biological 
warfare an international crime. 
Later in 1925, nations joined 
together again to sign the 
Geneva Protocol which com- 
pletely banned chemical and bi- 
ological warfare. The U.S. did 
not ratify the agreement until 
1974. Still, most countries, in- 
cluding the U.S., retained the 
right to counterattack if such 
weapons were first applied to 

Each time the danger approach- 
es, the public learns a little more 
of the terrifying effects of chemi- 
cal warfare. Tear gas in Vietnam 
was found to cause deaths in 
children, elderly citizens, and 
people trapped in enclosed 
places. Yet, tear gas, according 
to Thomas R. Pickering in 1969, 
was justified under interna- 
tional law because it reduced the 
number of casualties. 
In 1984, the United Nations con- 
firmed that Iraq was using 

Coalition troops move toward the Kuwait border in tanks. 

chemical weapons against its 
own troops. Yet the U.N. did 
not criticize Iraq. The U.S. con- 
demned the practice that same 
year, but later, restored diplo- 
matic ties with Hussein. Wash- 
ington stated that it would op- 
pose any Council action against 
Iraq. Then, the U.S. denounced 
the Soviet Union for chemical 
and biological warfare and ge- 

netic engineering. 
When Secretary of Defense Dick 
Cheney, announced in July that 
Hussein may be capable of pro- 
ducing a nuclear bomb within 
six months, the superpowers 
did not appear worried. Many 
believed the reports were a bluff; 
besides, Hussein would not 
dare. By August, that attitude 
had changed. 


Patriotic Americans form a 
flag to welcome Desert 
Storm troops home. 

by Scott Lerman 

228 Mary Graydon Center 

The American University 

The United Nations deadline 
passed on the night of my 21st 
birthday, and I wasn't sure 
whether to celebrate or cry. 
Some of my high school friends 
were already in the Gulf, and I 
couldn't be sure if I would be 
joining them in the near future. 
My initial reaction to the im- 
pending war was a satirical one. 
I followed the classic psycholog- 
ical denial stage, convinced that 
"they" would never send me 
over there. I'm out of shape. I 
wear glasses. My mother 
wouldn't let me go. I sunburn 

Meanwhile, fear set in. My mind 
simply is not programmed for 
combat. I honestly could not 
cope with going to war. The 
thought of looking down the 
barrel of a gun to shoot the 
enemy does not clique with me. 

"Sorry, General Schwartzkopf," 
I'd say, "but I'd rather stay state- 

Anti-war protests confused me 
— I wasn't quite sure what we 
were fighting for, of what we 
were doing in Iraq. But my 
reasons for objection were 
purely egocentric. It wasn't that 
I was against United States pres- 
ence in Iraq; I was against MY 
presence in Iraq. 
War scared me. But this war in 
particular sent a chill down my 
spine. I know I wasn't alone. My 
21st birthday was more that a 
rite of passage. Watching CNN 
humbled me that night. So what 
if I could drink, I could just as 
easily die. And on January 16, 
1991, while Coalition forces flew 
over Baghdad, it seemed quite 
obvious that either could 


When troops were first de- 

ployed, the nation was divided. 
As our young men and women 
moved overseas with the pos- 
sibility of fighting and dying, 
opinions altered. Everyone re- 
membered Vietnam. Everyone 
remembered the low morale of 
our soldiers due to harsh cir- 
cumstances and lack of support 
from people who were stateside. 
Almost everyone worked to 
support the troops in the Persian 

When they arrived home, it was 
a heroes' welcome. Parades, 
parties, signs in local stores - you 
name it, it happened. Not even 
veterans from the two world 
wars received this treatment. 
If our generation ever gets itself 
into another war, I pray they re- 
member Vietnam and repeat the 
pride felt with Operation Desert 

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Rodney King's attorney displays his photo to the court members. 

Behind War 

by Sharon M. Lindsey 
Metro News Staff 
From August until the end of 
spring semester, news of prob- 
lems in the Gulf filled American 
lives. But who were the men that 
led us there? 

Bob Woodard, editor of The 
Washington Post, exposed be- 
hind-the-scenes information 
about the military brass in his 
book, The Commanders. Ac- 
cording to Woodard, the new 
military was better educated, 
more analytical, and more capa- 
ble. For instance, when Sec- 
retary of Defense Dick Cheney 
tried to convince King Fahd of 
Saudi Arabia to let us deploy 
troops, the ambassador suggest- 
ed that it be kept secret. Cheney 
responded, "No. We've got to 

level with the public." 
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman 
Colin Powell argued in October 
that containment and economic 
sanctions would succeed in forc- 
ing Hussein out of Kuwait. 
Woodard suggested that he 
weighed options carefully, pre- 
fering to get Hussein out 
without shedding blood. Once 
the military option was chosen, 
Powell was one of the first to 
advocate the deployment of 
enough troops to guarantee suc- 

Woodard's book described Gen- 
eral Norman Schwarzkopf as a 
man who "got his moment in 
history." He was worried that 
the White House would order 
him to fight before he was ready. 

130 Yz Talon '91 

Bad Cops 

Black Man Beaten In L.A 

by Contributing Writers 
Metro News Staff 

On March 3, Rodney King's life 
was changed forever. King, a 
twenty-five year old black man, 
was beaten by white police offi- 
cers outside of Los Angeles after 
being apprehended for speed- 
ing. The incident was captured 
on videotape by an eyewitness 
who happened to see the beat- 
ing from a window of his home. 
Once revealed, the tape was re- 
played in households all across 

Criticism came down hard on 
the four officers involved and on 
the L.A. Police Commissioner. 
Tapes of the officers' con- 
versations over their radios re- 
vealed that the beating was pre- 
meditated and undoubtedly 
racially motivated. Similar inci- 
dents had also occurred before, 
as was evident when one officer 
remarked to another, "I thought 
you were through with this." 
The Commissioner denied alle- 
gations that such occurrences 
were common and defended the 

men on his force. Meanwhi 
that tape and other people w 
suddenly came forward wi 
stories similar to Rodney King 
proved him wrong. 
The Commissioner was p« 
sured to resign, but refused. T 
four officers were convicted 
unlawful behavior. King, w 
was thought to have suffer 
permanent brain damage as a ] 
suit of the incident, became 
symbol of the increased tensi 
between blacks and law enforc 
ment officials throughout t 
country. Suddenly, America 
wondered about the frequen 
of unwarranted police attac 
and the way police departmer 
investigated other such in 

The King beating demonstrat 
the delicate balance of police d 
cretion versus police brutality, 
showed that for some segmei 
of American society, police we 
feared as much as criminals. 

Dick Cheney and Colin Powell discuss military strategy. 

Metro News 

Talon 1991 

America in a Recession 

Unemployment Rises, 
Interest Rates Soar 

' Robert Lindsey 
etro News Staff 

as the nation in the middle of a 
cession? Most Americans 
ould have said yes. The Bush 
.ilministration, while not 
Emitting to a recession, did 
drnit that the economy had 
owed down considerably dur- 
:g the end 1990 and early 1991 

hemployment was on the rise. 
inks closed, and many found 
lemselves taken over by other 
rger, more solvent banks or by 

'\e stock market, which had its 
os, but mostly downs in 1990, 

climbed to record highs in the 
first half of 1991. It registered 
confidence that better times lay 
ahead. But investors had trouble 
visualizing the extent of the re- 

The recession, which supposed- 
ly started around June 1990, bot- 
tomed out as of June 1991, ac- 
cording to unnamed White 
House sources. But did it? Un- 
employment had risen to 7 per- 
cent, its highest level in five 
years. The United States held 
the highest credit debt of any na- 
tion. Who knew where this 
would all lead or what the out- 
come might be? 

Nolan Ryan pitches his record no-hitter. 

A Year in Sports 

I Kevin Westrich 

etro News Staff 

uch occured in the world of 

iorts in the past year. 

tie Superbowl captivated 

ewers as the New York Giants 

Seated the Buffalo Bills by one 

3int. The victory rested upon 

e final seconds of the game. 

college football, there were 
guments, as the poll system 
vealed its flaws in determining 

the number one team. Both Col- 
orado and Georgia Tech main- 
tained valid claims on that posi- 

In baseball action, the Cincinnati 
Reds won the 1990 World Series. 
In the 1991 season, Nolan Ryan 
pitched his record seventh no- 
hitter, and Ricky Henderson 
broke the all time record for 
stolen bases—both on the same 

President Bush greets supporters at a D.C. convention. 


by Kevin Westrich 
Metro News Staff 

In the normal rainy season (De- 
cember to March), California re- 
ceived less than 20 percent of its 
average rainfall. When the dry 
season approached and spring 
planting began, California 
found itself in a terrible drought. 
California had actually been get- 
ting less rainfall and had been 
considered in a state of drought 
for nearly five years. This last 
disappointing rainy season 
though, greatly intensified Cal- 
ifornia's water problems. The 
federal government could not 
continue to supply farmers with 
cheap water. 

Farmers faced possible econom- 
ic disaster. Many sought ex- 
pensive water from private 

sources, others did not plant 
new crops. Experts predicted 
that losses in the farming com- 
munity would total approxi- 
mately $640 million. Farmers 
who planted crops requiring 
more water would have even 
heavier losses. 

The drought did not affect only 
farmers, however. It also placed 
a burden on California residents 
and consumers nationwide. 
Residents in California lived 
under restricted water clauses. 
In the national market, approx- 
imately 90 percent of America's 
broccoli, apricots, grapes, nec- 
tarines, and almonds came from 
California. In addition, most of 
the nation's lemons, plums, 
peaches, lettuce, and strawber- 
ries were California grown. 

In college basketball, the Duke 
Blue Devils upset the previously 
undefeated UNLV Running 
Rebels in the championship 

Many sports heroes of the past 
tried to make comebacks this 
year. Sugar Ray Leonard was 
defeated in a bout as was George 
Foreman. Foreman, in his early 
forties, lost in a technical deci- 
sion to champion Evander Holy- 
field, who was in his twenties. 

Pitcher Jim Palmer showed up 
for Orioles spring training. Mark 
Spitz, a repeat gold medal 
winner in swimming in the 1976 
Olympics, also attempted to re- 
capture the headlines. 
Making a controversial come- 
back in the world of track and 
field, was Ben Johnson, who 
had previously been banned for 
life from competition for steroid 
use in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

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Volume 65 
Number 3 

The American University 
Washington. D.C. 


Deadly Disease 

by Sharon M. Lindsey 
Metro News Staff 
AIDS -- it has affected 
everyone's life — young, old, 
male, female, homosexual, het- 
erosexual, single, and married. 
Every country, culture, and 
ethnic background must face the 
fear of the deadly disease. 
In 1990, AIDS cases worldwide 
increased by nearly' 25 percent. 
Some of the most horrifying 
ones appeared in Eastern 
Europe. In Romania, where dic- 
tator Nicolae Ceausescu had dis- 
missed the AIDS disease as a 
capitalist affliction, as many as 
half the country's children 
under four years of age and in 
orphanages and clinics carried 
the HIV virus. The children con- 
tracted the virus through in- 
sterile medical practices - trans- 
fusing sickly infants with un- 
screened blood and using dirty 

As 1991 arrived, AIDS con- 
tinued its path of destruction. 
But hope rose. It was discovered 
that boiling blood often kills the 
virus, or at least lessens infec- 
tion. Although this method 
wasn't guaranteed, the medical 
community felt it was a strong 

Later, hope rose again as scien- 
tists worked on a serum to kill 
HIV and stop the spreading of 
AIDS. It was predicted that the 
cure would be available by the 
year 2000. 

Meanwhile, people did what 
they could. Through AIDS 
Awareness Days, relief pro- 
grams, special clinics, inter- 
national conferences, and 
charity programs, many hoped 
to stop the disease from spread- 
ing further. 

Lithuanians protest as Soviet troops try to control the crowd. 

Young families such as this could easily be affected by AIDS Lithuanian graves are decc 



by Robert Lindsey 
Metro News Staff 
It wasn't a war about dazzling 
military strategy or tough guy 
machoisms. It was about legit- 
imacy. It was about claiming 
oneself as real, distinct, and 
free. "We are free," said the tiny 
republic of Lithuania. In their 
struggle to free themselves from 
the grip of the Soviet Union, the 
Lithuanian people initiated no 
bloodshed. Instead of firing 
guns, they lit candles, hooked 
arms, and sang. 
On January 13th, while the 
world's attention was on the im- 

pending war in the Persian Gulf, 
Soviet tanks hidden by the 
night, rolled towards Vilnires, 
the Lithuanian capital. The 
tanks had three destinations— a 
telegraph agency, a television 
radio station, and a transmitting 
tower just outside the city. Un- 
armed Lithuanians stood guard, 
barricaded inside a double circle 
of cars. The tanks rolled over the 
cars and headed toward the 
people. Shots were fired; fifteen 
Lithuanians died, and more 
than 150 were wounded. 
Mikhail Gorbachev denied re- 
sponsibility for the killings, yet 

he did not condemn the action. 
Two days before the crackdown, 
Gorbachev publicly approved of 
the military's activity in Lith- 

Glasnost was supposed to bring 
forth a new Soviet Union, a 
more democratic land where 
constitutional law would pre- 
vail. This was the Soviet Union 
of Mikhail Gorbachev, a world 
hero, the man who would bring 
reform and freedom to an op- 
pressed people. But now the 
Baltic people— those who took 
Gorbachev at his word and set 
out to live freely— were being 

Just before the Lithuania crack- 
down, Soviet Foreign Minister 

Edward Sherardnadze abrupt] 
resigned in protest. Later, he e> 
plained that he could not bear t 
defend the use of violenc 
against independent-minded 1 
publics. He said, too, that 
saw dictatorship looming in th 
Soviet Union. 
The Lithuanian people wante 
freedom and the right to rul 
themselves. They had exper 
enced three successive oca 
pations since World War II: fir: 
by the Soviet Union, then Ge 
many, then the Soviet Unio 
again. It was time for Lithuan 
to be free. 

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The World of Entertainment 

Madonna and Vanilla Ice kid around at a Hollywood bash. 


f Sharon M. Lindsey 
(etro News Staff 
jensorship had been an issue in 
jmerica ever since the First 
mmendment appeared in the 
onstitution. Modern times saw 
3 difference. 

tie controversial band 2 Live 
Irew was held on trial for ob- 
i:enity. Communities and radio 
ations banned their songs and 
tempted to curb the sales of 
teir records. However, the 
bad" publicity backfired. 2 Live 
;rew's album, As Nasty as They 
'•Janna Be, sold over two million 
Dpies by the end of 1990. 
leanwhile, the Motion Picture 
ssociation of America intro- 
.uced a new ratings system in- 
uding NC-17 (no children 
ttder 17). The added division 
as supposed to bridge the gap 
?tween pornography and seri- 
ns films about sex. 
lUblishers got on the band- 
'agon also. Simon and Schus- 
;r, after announcing the immi- 
ent release of Bret Easton Ellis's 
jnerican Psycho, changed their 
;»ind. The firm suddenly re- 
used to publish the novel, 
/hile arguments of corporate 
uppression and censorship 
ew, Vintage Books announced 
tat it would publish the conrro- 
ersial novel. 

)f all the issues concerning cen- 
orship, however, Madonna's 

struck hardest. After the scandal 
over her "Like a Prayer" video 
and a sexually provocative 
Blond Ambition tour, Madonna 
filmed a video for "Justify My 
Love". The provocative short 
film showed Madonna in sex 
scenes with her real-life boy- 
friend, model Tony Ward. These 
scenes were intermixed with 
shots of other sexual fantasies. 
The fantasies included images of 
bisexuality, sadomasochism, 
and fetishism. This caused the 
video to be banned completely 
from M-TV by top executives. 
Other music video channels re- 
fused to show the film as well. 
The disappointment of her "Jus- 
tify My Love" video did not dis- 
suade Madonna. Truth and 
Dare, a documentary of Ma- 
donna's life, was released in the 
spring. It more than made up for 
lost profits of the censored 


by Contributing Writer 

Metro News Staff 

The beginning of a new decade 

brought new discoveries and 

new stars. Sadly, along with 

these, came the end to older 

ones. Many famous and dear 

people lost their lives. Among 

those we will always remember 


Greta Garbo, 84 

Sammy Davis, Jr., 64 

Leonard Bernstein, 72 

Ava Gardner, 67 

Mary Martin, 76 

Jim Henson, 53 

Malcolm S. Forbes, 70 

Art Blakey, 71 

Keith Haring, 31 

Sarah Vaughn, 66 

William S. Paley, 89 

Pearl Bailey, 72 

Joel McCrea, 84 

Rocky Graziano, 71 

Rex Harrison, 82 

by Sharon M. Lindsey 
Metro News Staff 

Since his departure from his 
position as director of the 
American Ballet Theatre over a 
year ago, Mikhail Baryshnikov 
had been working on a special 
endeavor. The White Oaks 
Dance Project combined eight of 
the country's finest modern 
dancers plus Baryshnikov in one 
spectacular troupe. On October 
26-27, in Minneapolis, Min- 
nesota, the project finally de- 

The troupe presented four new 
works choreographed by Mark 
Morris. Morris's works utalized 
Baryshinkov's talents which 
proved to extend beyond clas- 
sical ballet into modern move- 

In Ten Suggestions, a solo, 
Baryshnikov entered with 
breathtaking leaps. The chore- 
ography displayed Baryshni- 
kov's keen sense of comical tim- 

Going Away Party was a playful 
mime performed to country and 
western lyrics by Bob Wills. 
Everyone had a good time and 
the piece is filled with light, 
clean, and often naughty chore- 

Halston, 57 
Barbara Stanwyck, 82 
Curtis Lemay, 83 
Ralph Abernathy, 64 
Paulette Goddard, 78 
Michael Landon, 57 
Martha Graham, 92 
Richard Thorpe, 95 
Wilfred Hyde-White, 87 
George Speri Sperri, 91 
These men and women shared 
with the world talents ranging 
from music, to dance, to intel- 
lectual discoveries. They left for 
us a legacy of design, classic 
movies, modern art, memorable 
songs, original and innovative 
choreography, sports high- 
lights, medical discoveries, busi- 
ness empires, the Muppets, and 
delightful orchestras. Their 
talents and personalities will be 
sorely missed. Their legends 
will always be remembered. 

Mikhail Baryshnikov dances in 
Morris's Ten Suggestions. 


Baryshnikov opened and closed 
Pas de Poisson, although the 
piece mainly consisted of a trio. 
The dancers pounded rhythms 
on the floor, like folk dancers, 
and used fresh fish shown on 
stage as a surrealist touch. 
Motocade, the final piece, was 
filled with transforming scenes. 
It also contained a touch of 
Morris's merrymaking. 

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Lines for 

On August 30 and 31, The 
American University resi- 
dence halls came alive. The 
lines of cars stretched down 
Nebraska and Massachusetts 
Avenues. Orientation Assis- 
tants directed traffic in an 
attempt to calm the chaos of 

Upon entering the residence 
halls, students waited in long 
lines to pick up keys and access 
cards. Desk Receptionists duti- 
fully checked off a seemingly 
endless stream of students. 
Then, as belongings were 
moved into the halls, the heavy 
labor began. Even with many 
"red shirts" helping, it often 
took multiple trips to transport 
everything to the rooms. 

Although boxes littered the 
floor, their contents beginning 
to find their proper places, many 
rooms still seemed empty and 
devoid of personality. Wading 
through the paper and card- 
board took time, but gradually 
these impersonal rooms were 
filled and decorated with post- 
ers, momentos, and other per- 
sonal objects belonging to the 
new residents. 

During those first days, Resi- 
dent Assistants wandered the 
halls to meet and greet new floor 
members. They also taught new 
students their first "lessons" at 
AU, explaining university pol- 
icies. People spoke to everyone 
and anyone they saw, forming 
friendships which would make 
AU a home. A home they would 
cherish — hopefully. 

-K. Morrison ^^~ 



Not Even An OA: A willing 
helper moves a teenage sibling 
into the residence halls, pos- 
sibly with the intention of get- 
ting not only the vacant room 
at home, but the television re- 
mote control, as well. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Conga Line: Orientation 
Assistants, led by Todd 
Shaver of The Office of Stu- 
dent Activities, dance across 
the Quad in order to relieve 
stress during Fall Orientation. 
(Talon File Photograph) 

136 ^ Talon '91 

n August 23, roughly 125 
sophomores, juniors, and 
seniors returned to school 
early. Their mission: to aid 
new students who arrived for 
their first semester at The 
American University. 

After a week of intensive 
training that spanned both day 
and night, these students, the 
Orientation Assistants, felt con- 
fident that they could tackle any 
problems that arose. 

Their most important job was 
being available to arriving 
students: to give directions, help 
move belongings into the resi- 
dence halls, and answer ques- 
tions: "Is there a drug store 
around?", "Where do I get my 
ID picture taken?", "What if I 
don't like my roommate?", and 
the always popular, "How easy 
is it to break the alcohol policy?" 

Parents asked many questions 
as well. "Where is the health 
center and how good is it?". 

"When can my [son or daughter] 
register?" And of course, "Is the 
alcohol policy strict enough?" 

Comforting reluctant parents, 
distressed by the thought of 
leaving their children behind, 
and reassuring students who 
were unsure of what to expect at 
AU was what the OA's did best. 
Through mixers and numerous 
social activities, the group 
lessened more fears than they 
thought possible. 

When it was all finished, the 
OA's removed their name tags 
and put away their red shirts in 
order to return to their "normal 
lives", until next fall. 

-C. Kokinos ^^- 


Meeting Students' Needs: 

Vice Provost for Student Life 
Maury O'Connell participates 
in the annual tradition of serv- 
ing food to students and par- 
ents at the Orientation bar- 
Ed Young) 

Welcome to 

"My favorite part of 
Orientation was the 
bands after the bar- 
beque. The OA's 
worked really hard 
to put that together. " 

Aimee McCrary 
CAS '94 

Campus yc137 

A Tradition 
Is Born 

138 Y^ Talon '91 

As a cooperative effort be- 
tween the Office of Student 
Activities, the Student Con- 
federation, and the upper 
administration, AU began a new 
tradition: Convocation. 

The ceremony, which took 
place on September 5, 1990 in 
the Woods-Brown Amphithe- 
atre, was designed to officially 
open the academic year and 
welcome new students. Led by a 
bagpipe quartet and banner 
symbolizing the four spirits of 
American, flags of every state 
and nation were carried in a pro- 
cession from Kay Chapel. Then, 
freshmen, transfers, and other 
new students, entered the 
amphitheatre together sym- 
bolizing their entrance into our 

Speeches were given by 
administrators, faculty, staff, 

and student leaders, who ex- 
pressed hopes that the new year 
would be very sucessful. During 
the ceremony, a strong wind 
toppled many flags on stage, 
amusing not only the audience, 
but the speakers as well. 

After the ceremony, a recep- 
tion was held on the main Quad. 
Everyone involved ate, chatted, 
and made plans for the future. 
Convocation began a new tradi- 
tion at The American Uni- 

-S. Lindsev ^*~ 

i m 



Stage Of Many Colors: Flags 
of many states and countries, 
representing The American 
University's multi-national 
and multi-cultural com- 
munity, line the amphitheater 
during convocation. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Families had a chance to ex- 
perience life at The 
American University with 
their students on Family 
Weekend, October 12. The 
Office of Student Activities 
sponsored campus tours, spe- 
cial brunches, and opened 
classes to families in order to 
give them a taste of academic 
life. Performances of The Diary 
of Anne Frank offered entertain- 

The highlight of Family Week- 
end for most came when parents 
took students to meals at local 
restaurants off-campus. Banks 
were also visited as pleas for 
money were answered. Most 
families left AU happy because 
they saw their child. They ac- 
quired a better feel for the AU 
community. -^ 

-K. Morrison rl~. 



raaBNf m. 

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Decisions, Decisions, Deci- 
sions: Rows of flags await 
students to parade them 
through the Massachusetts 
Avenue gate and then into the 
amphitheater for the Convo- 
cation ceremony. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Smiling Because They're 
Together: A freshman and her 
mother enjoy spending time 
with each other while taking a 
walking tour of the main 
campus. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Eden Schwartz) 


Like Father, Like Son: A stu- 
dent and his father take a short 
break from the numerous 
Family Weekend activities by 
relaxing on the soccer field 
during a beautiful, sunny day. 


Off Campus? 

"I couldn't believe 
my father actually 
asked if I wanted to 
go out to dinner. Of 
course I did!" 

Christine Bolles 
CAS '94 

Campus yci39 


Learn Outside 
the Classroom 

Animated Discussion: Carl 

Sagan draws a large audience 
as KPU's first speaker in Sep- 
tember. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Ed Young) 

Political Debate: P.J 

O'Rourke discusses recent 
events with AU students. 
( Talon File Photograph) 

Upholding Tradition: Con- 
tinuing to provide AU with ac- 
cess to famous speakers, KPU 
brought George McGovern to 
campus in October. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

140 Yc Talon '91 

Momentary Pause: Gary Hart 
stops speaking to answer a 
student's question during his 
March 11 speech concerning 
world affairs. (Talon File 

Continuing Education: Lauro 
Cavasos, former Secretary of 
Education, lectures students 
BY: Eden Schwartz) 

The Kennedy Political 
Union (KPU), the Student 
Confederation's bi- 
partisan speaker's bureau, 
hosted a multi-faceted group of 
presenters throughout the 1990- 
91 season. From astronomer 
Carl Sagan to rap artist KRS-1, 
the group emphasized a theme 
of diversity. 

Some of the extraordinary 
speakers included Mayor of 
Moscow Gavril Popov, jour- 
nalist Linda Ellerbee, Union ac- 
tivist Cesar Chavez, and Lauro 
Cavazos, former Secretary of 

From the kick-off performance 
of the Capitol Steps during Ori- 
entation through to the final 
speaker, Colman McCarthy, 
KPU provided The American 
University with the opportunity 
to listen to and question some 
well-known, influential per- 

The Kennedy Political Union 
was led by junior Stu Nolan. 
Nolan credited events co- 
sponsored with other student 
organizations as adding much to 
the diversity of the year's pro- 
grams, i ■ 
-B. Oilman ^ 



"We're now dis- 
covering the Arab 
World. Nobody ever 
again is going to hear 
about the Arabs and 
say, 'Who are 

George McGovern 
former presidential candidate 

Campus Yz141 



142 yc Talon '91 

What's So Funny?: A Tavern 
crowd enjoys Rich Hall's ob- 
servations that Jujubes are 
merely Jello fossils and that 
only restaurants serving ham- 
burgers and french fries put 
pictures of the food on menus. 

It's Still Rock'n'Roll To Me: 

The progressive music group, 
Carry Nation, opens not only 
the Smithereens' concert in 
Bender Arena but also the 
SUBconcert series of the fall 
semester. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Cara Gilbnde) 

OK, Who's The Wise Guy?: 

SUBcomedy presents come- 
dian Rich Hall's November 
performance at AU, "a decent 
college with intellectuals who 
aren't afraid to lower them- 
selves . . .". (PHOTOGRAPH 
COURTESY OF: The William 
Morris Agency, Inc. . ) 

Caught With His Pants 
Down!: Senior Steve Harmon 
amuses The Certs Comedy 
Competition audience in the 
Tavern with a story about a re- 
cent graduate, a DC pros- 
titute, ten dollars, and a great 
"penguin" impersonation. 

As the primary programming 
body for undergraduates, 
the Student Union Board 
(SUB) was responsible for 
many activities during the year. 
Concerts, SUBcinema, and the 
annual Spring Concert were 
events under SUB's direction. 

During both semesters, SUB 
brought musical groups and 
comedians to the Tavern. Stu- 
dents also looked forward to a 
weekly movie in Ward I. As fall 
semester began, SUB brought 
weekly concerts and comedians 
to campus. These events suf- 
fered from low attendance and 
were cancelled. 

SUB enjoyed successes, how- 
ever, when the Smithereens play- 
ed to a large audience in October, 
and also when Meat Machine and 
The Thangs performed. 

SUBcinema was packed as 
students enjoyed Glory, Teen- 
a ge Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ani- 
mal House , and many other cur- 
rent movies. 

In November, Rich Hall per- 
formed at AU. His humor was 
enjoyed by all who attended. 

SUB's success continued in 
the spring as they presented 
twelve films, including Dances 
With Wolves and Ghost . 

The Certs Comedy Competi- 
tion was held in February allow- 
ing student comedians the op- 
portunity to try out their cour- 
age and jokes in hopes of win- 
ning a spring break trip. 

Despite some cancellations, 
SUB enjoyed many success- 
es throughout the entire 

-S. Lerman 


Club SUB 

"SUBcinema is great 
because I don't have 
to spend $7 to see a 
recent movie. I saw 
both showings of 
Dead Poet's So- 
ciety ." 

Amy Lampert 
SPA '94 

Campus ycl43 



144 ^ Talon '91 



"The heated dis- 
cussions make 
people think about 
the topic." 

Gretchen Stoloff 
CAS, '93 

Com pus fc 145 

A Tradition 

Faculty-Staff Appreciation Dinner 
- Mmmm! 

Tuesday, Januar 

22: spirit link ant 
T-shirt sales star 
Day; pot-luc 
dinner in Bende 
Arena wit 

dishes donatel 
by clubs. Wednej' 
day, January 21 
the game ai 
George Masoi 


with free tickets 
and transporta- 
tion available. 
Thursday, Jan- 
uary 24: 7:30 PM 
the Great Amer- 
ican Laffalym- 
pics, Cassell Cen- 
ter, Greek or- 
ganizations and 
Residence Halls 

146}*: Talon '91 

c To%^W^/W>B L lf U% L°A To 

Homecoming Kings and Queens 
who will be crowned? 

Friday, January 

25: 7 p.m. Pep 
Rally in Bender 
Arena, Home- 
coming Court an- 
nounced; Cheer 
contest in the 
Saturday, Jan- 
uary 26: Banner 
contest; 10:30 AM 
in Bender Arena 
Old Timer's 
3ame; 12 p.m. Palmer-Kettler Lounge, All- 
Alumni Barbeque; 2 p.m., Bender Arena, AU 
Eagles vs. Navy Midshipmen, voting for 
Homecoming King and Queen; 4 p.m. Alumni 
Happy Hour; 9 p.m. Tavern Homecoming 
Dance featuring The Rough Band, admission 
jil, all proceeds went to the National Bone 
Vlarrow Data Reg- 
istry, announce- 
ment of King 
Shawn Steffy and 
Queen Suzanne 
Stackhouse, win- 
ner of spirit stick 
announced: Delta 
Chi. -^2? 

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The Wave 

11 I M 

AU Spirit 

"In expanding the 
tradition of Home- 
coming . . . we ' ' ve 
made progress in 
building a strong 
community here at 

Gretchen Kinder 
Homecoming Director 

Campus )*c 147 


Good Times 

148 ^ Talon '91 


Why Can't I Get....: Lead 

singer of the Violent Femmes 
performs "Blister in the Sun" 
in Bender Arena. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Christine Bolles) 


Opening Act: The Throwing 
Muses open Saturday's con- 
cert, setting the stage for the 
BY: Cava Giibride) 

1 really enjoyed Spring Con- 
cert, with the exception of 
one personal injury. The 
Throwing Muses opened 
the show, playing to a small 
crowd packed up against the 
stage. The Muses seemed un- 
derstanding about the low atten- 
dance, evidenced when one 
band member quipped, "I 
know, we're not the Violent 
Femmes and you don't have any 
beer." Highlights of the per- 
formance included their new 
single "Counting Backwards" 
and a greatly extended version 
of "Him Dancing". 
As students crowded into the 
arena to see the Femmes, the 
sound crew played a Fishbone 
compact disc over the speaker 
system. No one noticed but me, 
so the irony was lost. 
The Femmes played a great set, 
disrupted only when a girl 

stepped on my foot. After I re- 
covered, I decided I'd had 
enough abuse from overexcited 
female fans, and I escaped into 
the mosh pit. There were quite a 
lot of people there smashing into 
each other, including my room- 
mate, and I hit him more than a 
few times. Eventually someone 
told me that the back of my shirt 
was ripped open, but I didn't 
really care. 

"American Music", the first 
single from the Femmes' new 
album, was destined to become 
a classic, and the crowd figured 
that out. The band also played 
well known tunes from their 
older albums and generally gave 
AU their money's worth. I even 
managed to get revenge on 
that girl by nonchelantly shov- 
ing an innocent bystander into 
her. *^9 

-H. Looby ^ 


Fun, and More 


"Integrity is a hard 
thing to hold on to, 
especially when 
large amounts of 
money become in- 
volved. " 

Victor DeLorenzo 
Violent Femmes, Drummer 
The Eagle, April 22,1991 

Campus )^ 149 




yes, I was one of the crazy 
ones. Over 21, living in the 
residence halls; I was a rare 
breed. Three years on First 
North Letts. Stupidity? Maybe. 
Comfort? No doubt. 

I was assigned to Letts fresh- 
man year. My floormates were 
my second family — albeit, an all 
male family — but we bonded 
no less: forty men against the 

This, of course, was back in 
the days when alcohol was 
allowed in the residence halls — 
if you were 21. Regardless, I 
fondly remember nights of in- 
ebriation followed by mornings 
of hangovers. To most, this 
might not be a big deal. Con- 
sidering the fact that it was in my 
room, it was a big deal. 

My sophomore year, the guil- 
lotine fell. A new alcohol policy 
swooped over AU. The grand- 
father clause expired, and all 
alcohol was strictly forbidden in 
the halls. In accordance with this 
new policy, many students, par- 
ticularly those of legal age, 
migrated off campus. Still, the 
residence halls maintained a cer- 
tain appeal. 

Perhaps it was a latent, sub- 
conscious wish to live a monas- 
tic lifestyle. Then again, maybe 
not. After all, Maggie's was but a 
shuttle ride away. 

The residence halls were 
home. My rent was paid. I was 
content. My floormates were my 
brothers. And while it some- 
times took three weeks for my 
"landlord" to change a light bulb 
or fix a ceiling tile, the residence 
halls exemplified homeiness. 

Until the fire alarms. Every 
resident knows about them. 
Three A.M., everyone was 
sound asleep, when, . . . 
brriinngg!! We then had to wait 

All The Comforts of Home: 

student passes time in th 
Mary Graydon Center Con 
muter Lounge, located cor 
veniently on the first floe 
near the Marketplace, th 
vending machines, and H.l 
Quick's. (PHOTOGRAPH B' 
C. Milton Beeghly) 

outside until the Desk Recep- 
tionists were given the "go- 
ahead", allowing us to re-enter. 
This never happened in the 

And what of the ever-present 
neighbor, who woke us early in 
the morning and kept us up 
nights? Or the kitchen that 
never worked? The shared bath- 
room? Why would anyone have 
wanted to be on campus with 
these oppressive conditions? 

Because despite the draw- 
backs, sleepless nights and the 
dry life, we could safely say that 
living in the residence halls cre- 
ated a certain bonding element 
that an apartment building or 
house did not. And those "an- 
noyances" we complained about 
actually reinforced that close- 
ness. It was the people who 
made the residence halls 

Hall members had a closeness 
that neighborhood dwellers did 
not. In a hall, you knew almost 
everyone. In an apartment 
building, maybe you knew half 
of the people on your floor. The 
fact that you had friends — hun- 
dreds of them — in your hall 
made the hardships worth- 
while. That was the residence 
hall's allure. 

-S. Lerman r&~ 

150 ^ Talon '91 

Privacy's Benefits 


The thought of living in an in- 
credibly small rectangle 
with a person I had never 
met, sharing a bathroom 
with forty or so random people 
influenced me to live off 
campus. My mom worried that I 
would never make friends, and 
my father was concerned about 
expenses he would incur. I, 
however, was confident from 
the start that finding my own 
apartment was the only alterna- 

In the morning, I enjoyed 
hitting my snooze button count- 
less times, and never worried 
about annoying a roommate. I 
stayed up until all hours of the 
morning without ever tiptoeing 
to avoid antagonizing a room- 
mate who slept while I was 

I enjoyed countless freedoms 

because I lived off campus; I 
brought my cats with me to 
D.C., and had my car with me, 
too. That was an enormous ben- 
efit in itself, especially when I 
needed to buy groceries or knew 
I would be out after the Metro 

I could move from house to 
apartment, from one part of the 
city to another if I desired, 
without having to wait for a list 
of signatures as long as my arm. 

My apartment had furnish- 
ings that I chose. And, hanging 
pictures with nails on my walls 
was never a problem. Three 
A.M. fire drills did not exist. I 
was never forced to leave during 
Winter and Summer Breaks. I 
had the choice of remaining in 
my apartment as long as I 
wished, and although the initial 
cost of living off campus was 
straining on a budget, this was 
minimal next to the price of my 
privacy. ^m 

-L. McGarrv r£~^ 

Not Just Another Drill: Letts 
residents wait patiently be- 
neath the Letts-Anderson 
Bridge for the go ahead to re- 
enter the residence hall after 
the first November fire on 
Second North. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Sharon Lindsev) 

Sure Mom, I'm Studying: An 

undergraduate student does 
two of her favorite things, 
talks on the phone and pe- 
ruses a new clothing catalog, 
while breaking from doing her 
homework. ( Talon File Photo- 


"The best thing 
about living off 
campus is having my 
own bathroom. Or 
owning my own 
vacuum cleaner. Or 
baking in a real 

Katie Soderman 
CAS '93 

Campus ^757 



Fighting Hits 


Waiting Expectantly: Mem- 
bers of the AU community 
gather in the amphitheatre for 
a free Kuwait rally in Sep- 
tember. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Matt Padula) 


Fire!: U.S.'s Army Multiple 
Launch Nuclear System 
bombs Iraqi troops in 
February. ( Talon File Photo- 

152 ^ Talon '91 

Mist covered the ground. It 
spewed like the smoke of a 
bomb from covered man- 
holes. The campus was 
empty, devoid of life. The only 
sounds were noisy jets, circling 
the city every ten minutes. 
It was three a.m. on January 17, 
1991-two days after the United 
Nations deadline for Iraq to 
leave Kuwait. As I walked across 
the Quad, the darkness and mist 
enveloped the buildings, a for- 
boding of what was to come. 
That evening, every member of 
the AU community sat glued to 
their television sets. The United 
States had begun bombing Iraqi 
troops. For months, it had been 
the topic of conversation, and 
now it had finally happened. 
The United States was at war. 
Ever since classes had begun, 
protests, arguments, class dis- 
cussions on Iraq had also. Every- 
thing centered around the Gulf. 
Many knew men and women in 

Praying For Peace: Students 
gather on the steps of Kay 
Spiritual Center for a can- 
dlelight march across the 
Katie Soderman) 

Saudi Arabia. A Free Kuwait 
rally occurred in September, a 
group called Our American Sol- 
diers in Saudi formed in support 
of U.S. troops, and people 
demonstrated on the Capitol. 
After the first bombs were 
launched, the disallusionment 
continued. People walked 
around campus in dazes, unable 
to believe we were at war. Can- 
dlelight peace marchers sup- 
ported peace in the Middle East. 
Yellow ribbons adorned trees, 
doors, offices, classrooms, and 
people. CNN ruled our lives. 
As I crossed the Quad that 
morning, I had sensed what was 
about to happen. I feared for the 
men and women, approximate- 
ly the same age as myself, who 
would have to fight for our 
country. I feared for the parents, 
sisters, brothers, children, 
and loved ones they had left be- 
hind, .m — 
-S. Lindsev ^ 



We Are All Brothers: AU For 
Peace presents singing and 
discussions on the Quad in 
protest of the war. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Men and 
Women Die 

"AU was lucky. We 
sent brave soldiers 
over and got brave 
soldiers back. We 
didn't have to feel 
the hurt. " 

Bruce Knight 
SIS, '92 

Com pus K: 153 


Hands up, everyone who 
thought that the Student 
Confederation did 
nothing, that our student 
legislature, the General Assem- 
bly was comprised of Con- 
gressional wanna-be's who blew 
hot air; that nothing ever hap- 
pened on campus. During my 
first two years at The American 
University, I would have raised 
my hand . But in the spring of my 
sophomore year, some friends 
snookered me into running for a 
seat on the General Assembly. 
That valuable experience taught 
me a lot about our Student Con- 
federation. It taught me that the 
SC played a vital role in repre- 
senting student interests. 
The Student Confederation was 
aptly named: an alliance of var- 
ious student groups. The GA 
was only one part of the SC, 
whose primary duty was to allo- 
cate money to various student 
groups and events. While hold- 
ing debates on the critical issues 
of our day had its place, it was 
really the projects funded by the 
GA that allowed AU's students 
to be active on and off campus. 
Some examples are the award- 
winning Model United Nations 
club, our campus media, the 
Black Student Alliance, com- 
munity service groups such as 
Big Buddies, and the Latin 
Mardi Gras festival. 
Want to hear Senator Joe Biden 
speak? Perhaps columnist 
George Will is someone you 
would like to see. These lumi- 
naries, and a host of others, 
were brought to AU by the SC's 
Kennedy Political Union. Like 
music? The SC's Student Union 
Board attracted bands such as 
the Smithereens and Spring 
Concert's Violent Femmes. SUB 
also provided all the newest 
films every Saturday night. 
The SC was not just a series of 
departments, however. It was 
all of us, the undergraduate stu- 
dent body. Student unrest 
emerged after the revelations of 
the Board of Trustee's buyout of 
former President Berendzen. 
That displeasure was expressed 
on a blustery Friday afternoon in 
November 1990, when hun- 
dreds of students rallied on the 
Quad asking for a voice in the 
University's decision making. 
SC President Matt Ward and 
others used the SC machinery to 
channel our protests to the 
trustees. The result: the Ber- 

endzen buyout was canned, and 
the students came a step closer 
to obtaining a real voice at AU. 
That movement-that rally-was 
the epitome of what the SC was 
all about. It brought together a 
diseparate student body in a 
show of strength. While we all 
had varying interests and be- 
liefs, we shared one thing: we 
were all part of the Student Con- 
federation. So maybe you still 
want to raise your hand to my 
original query. But at least 
I made you think about it 
first. •» £ 

-J. DiBiasio 

154 )& Talon '91 


iving up to The American 
University's reputation of 
presenting cultural diver- 
sity, international students 
sponsored International Week. 
From April 8 through April 14, 
students exchanged both ethnic 
traditions and ethnic food. 
The week commenced with a 
food bazaar on the Quad, featur- 
ing the Arab Student Club. Later 
that evening, a farewell recep- 
tion was held for Mrs. Colette 
Nazicka, former Director of the 
Office of International- 
Intercultural Student Services. 
The food bazaar continued 
throughout the remainder of the 
week, highlighting various 
ethnic groups. On Friday, an In- 
ternational Coffee Hour ac- 
companied a discussion on 
changing global political dy- 

International Week ended with 
the International Fashion 
Show, which was followed by 
music and dancing in the 
Tavern. ^^5^ 

-S. Lindsey . 


Spun In Gold: An inter- 
national student models 
ethnic dress of the Middle 
Katie Soderman) 


Relaxation: Students sit at one 
of the booth areas during the 
nternational Week food 
bazaar. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Katie Soderman 

The Legacy Continues: A 

stone memorial, dedicated to 
John F. Kennedy is placed in 
Reeves soccer field during the 
SC's Kennedy Legacy Week. 
( Talon File Photograph) 

"International Week 
is a time when the 
ISA tries to bring 
more understanding 
about the world to 
theAU comm unity. " 

Tariq Sheikh 
SIS, '92 

Campus ^ 755 



The American University had 
a rich tradition of student 
protests. In the late 1960's 
and early '70's, AU students 
were instrumental in anti- 
Vietnam protests. In 1983, 
nearly 3,000 students boycotted 
classes and jammed the Quad to 
protest an 18 percent tuition 

In November, following ex- 
amples of previous years, two 
groups of students banded 
together to demonstrate against 
what they believed were in- 
justices: the "Berendzen buy- 
out" and the alleged "oppres- 
sion" of the ServiceMaster em- 

On November 7, The Wash- 
ington Post reported that AU's 
Board of Trustees had offered 
former President Richard Ber- 
endzen a million dollar sever- 
ance package which included 
the buy-out of his tenure rights 
and an undisclosed amount of 
pay. Reading this, sophomore 
Dana Hull called for a rally on 
the Quad. Approximately 300 
students attended. 

That same night, students met 
in the Tavern to plan a bigger 
rally. About 500 students dem- 
onstrated on November 9 to pro- 
test the agreement. 

The protests resulted in a 
Board of Trustees emergency 
meeting. The board rescinded 
the offer, and Dr. Berendzen 
was asked to return as a tenured 
professor in 1992. 

Simultaneously, another 
group of students began to sup- 
port a local union's fight against 
ServiceMaster. The Protection of 
Workers' Rights (POWR) Coali- 
tion circulated a petition solicit- 
ing students' support. Follow- 
ing meetings with AU's admin- 
istration, the coalition spon- 
sored a November 14 rally on the 

About ninety students 
marched from the Quad to Phys- 
ical Plant, where they left a four- 
by-six foot petition in front of 
ServiceMaster's office. Despite 
the POWR Coalition's efforts, 
the ServiceMaster issue re- 
mained unsettled. Workers did 
receive a four percent raise in 
December. ^m 

-S. Lerman r£~. 

If It Matters To You, Do It: 

During the November 9 rally, 
Mike Carroll advocates stu- 
dent involvement in issues 
concerning the future of the 
university. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Christopher Kokinos) 


156 yc Talon '91 

Let The Students Be Hear 
Sophomore Dana Hull takl 
the microphone in order I 
motivate students to expra 
their discontent about tl 
Board of Trustees decision n 
garding former President Baj 
endzen. (PHOTOGRAPH^ 
Christopher Kokinos) 

What Are The Facts?: Class of 
'94 General Assembly Repre- 
sentative, Ben Lewis, plays an 
influential part in inciting the 
crowd during the November 8 
Christopher Kokinos) 


Phenomenal Student Turn 
Out: Nearly 500 students 
gather on the Quad on Friday, 
November 9, in response to 
The Washington Post article of 
the Berendzen buyout. (PHO- 


"Don't let apathy 
ruin this university." 

Frank D' Andrea 
SPA '92 

Campus >(C157 


Campus Cries 
For a Voice 




758 ^ 7"o/on '97 



^ ) N 

For the first time in years, our 
campus came alive with the 
voices of AU students who 
wanted a legitimate say in 
university issues. 
Started by sophomore Dana 
Hull, and quickly supported by 
the Student Confederation, the 
Voice Movement spread rapidly 
to ensure that American Uni- 
versity students would have an 
official voice on the University 
Senate and the Board of 

Late fall semester, a group of 
students began meeting at night 
to plan strategies to get their 
voices heard. 

Finally, on February 20, a meet- 
ing was held with Board of 
Trustees Chair, Ed Carr. Matt 
Ward, President of the Student 
Confederation, attended with 
seven other students. Their 
goals were to pin Mr. Carr down 
to a timeline commitment and to 
offer themselves as resource 
people to the university forum. 
Demands set forth by the Voice 
Movement had yet to be an- 
swered. However, students did 
succeed in opening better lines 
of communication with many 
members of the upper adminis- 
tration. ^»^» 
-/. Mendelson 

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Determined Leadership: S;- 
dent Confederation I'residrt 
Matt Ward, entices studentg) 
fight for representation on n 
Board of Trustees. (Talon ll 

Return To The Past: An AU 

history professor expresses 
his pleasure in the Voice 
Movement, as it demonstrates 
a renewed spirit in the student 
Chris Kokinos) 




"AU still has 
students who care 
about what hap- 
pens. . . and who are 
sick at being left out 
of important deci- 
sions. " 

Dana Hull 
CAS, '93 

Activism!: This sign repre- 
sents the feelings of many in 
regards to the leadership at 
Cara Gilbride) 

Compus Y^ 159 



160 yc Talon '91 

Living Colour, the Ramones, 
Andrew Dice Clay and the 
Pet Shop Boys (primarily) 
were kept from performing 
at The American University. 

Two fall semester can- 
cellations struck controversy 
amongst students. Andrew Dice 
Clay was to perform at Bender 
Arena on November 25. The 
concert was cancelled because it 
was believed that students 
would not have returned from 
Thanksgiving break in time to 
attend. Additionally, the con- 
cert was sponsored by IMP Pro- 
ductions. Administrators con- 
tended that since Clay's concert 
was not student sponsored, 
their action was justified. 

Fury sparked among students 
who dismissed the decision as 
an obstruction to free speech, 
noting Clay's controversial ma- 
terial. Student groups held 
forums on free speech. 

On November 29, Student Ac- 
tivities Director Lou Anne Cal- 
igiuri rejected SUB plans to pre- 
sent the Pet Shop Boys on De- 
cember 16 in Bender Arena. She 
cited an unwritten policy that 
major events could not take 
place during finals. 

Vice Provost for Student Life, 
Maury O'Connell, stated that 
the concert location and audi- 
ence size would disturb stu- 
dents in the north residence 
halls at a peak study time. 

Again, students protested the 
decision. They felt it was their 
decision when concerts could be 
scheduled. Student leaders ob- 
jected to the fact that an un- 
written policy dictated the rejec- 

Earlier that semester, a Living 
Colour performance was reject- 
ed because the group could only 
perform on a weekday. This 
violated a university zoning 
agreement which limited events 
during the week. 

SUB also wanted to present 
the Ramones. AU objected be- 
cause a 1987 Ramones concert 
resulted in Tavern property 

These incidents suggested a 
need for better communication 
between administrators and 
students on policies and deci- 
sions. "Students' intelligence 
and basic nature was being in- 
sulted," SUB concert director 
Leslie Middleman said. "A lot of 
students were being very dis- 
appointed, and it's not some- 
thing we control." 

-S. Lerman v+~. 

Taking A Stand: Anderson 
Hall Resident Advisor, Joe 
Williams, speaks for the rights 
and representation of stu- 
dents from and by the admini- 
stration. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Eden Schwartz) 

The request for Methodist Re- 
verend Whit Hutchinson's 
resignation during the final 
exam period Fall semester 
marked a sour note for some at 
The American University, as 
concerned students protested. 
Within hours of its public an- 
nouncement, members of the 
AU community began writing 
speeches and taping up signs. 

On December 19, Whit ad- 
dressed the AU community and 
its problems in Kay Spiritual Life 
Center. And, although the 
reasons for the request for his 
resignation were unclear, his 
speech provoked controversy. 
Of the ServiceMaster issue he 
said, the AU community had a 
responsibility, if not a liability, 
to take care of all members of its 
community. The future of The 
American University was at 
stake. Hutchinson said a uni- 
versity should be dedicated to 
education, which also includes 
incorporating all members of a 

During his speech, there were 
no silences. Hutchinson either 
spoke, or the audience applaud- 
ed in support. Anticipation of 
his response to the request for 
his resignation filled the air with 
tension for nearly an hour. Fi- 
nally, he declared, "I will not 
resign." The audience respond- 
ed with many shouts and ap- 
plause. He did not resign from 
AU at that time. 

In March, Whit Hutchinson 
did resign. His reasons sug- 
gested a need to move on and 
continued displeasure with 
future paths of the uni- 
versity, ^m 

-T. Sheikh 


Never Give In: His stature 
seemingly diminished by the 
stained glass windows of the 
Kay Life Spiritual Center, Rev- 
erend Whit Hutchinson an- 
nounces that he will not leave 
Tariq Sheikh) 

No Forced 

1 will not resign/' 

Reverend Whit Hutchinson 
Campus Ministries 

Campus yc161 


The Many 
Faces of 
Joe Duffey 

A ne year had passed since Dr. 
I I Richard Berendzen had re- 
I I signed as president of The 
\J American University. The 
search had ended. On July 1, 
Joseph Duffey will become AU's 
12th president. 

Born in July 1932, in Hunt- 
ington, West Virginia, Duffey 
had been a scholar all his life. 
After studying history in col- 
lege, he went on to earn thirteen 
honorary degrees, serve on 
countless educational boards 
and act as Assistant Secretary of 
State for Educational and Cul- 
tural Affairs from 1978-1981. 
"Education is the most impor- 
tant factor in building a democ- 
racy like the U.S.," said Duffey 
in an April interview with The 

After serving under the Carter 
and Reagan administrations, Joe 
Duffey joined the Brookings In- 
stitution as a guest. One year 
later, he accepted chancellor- 
ship at the University of Mas- 
sachusetts at Amherst, where he 

had been ever since. 
Duffey entered the presidential 
search at AU unaware of the 
future outcome. "It was a long 
process of interviews and asking 
questions. Anyone who re- 
members being interviewed 
would know how that feels." 
Despite the agony of the search, 
Duffey looks forward to taking 
over the reigns at AU. 
"We're turning into a new de- 
cade, and there are interesting 
questions about what it takes to 
be, what it means to be an out- 
standing school." 
"In the last ten years, [AU] has 
established itself in a remarkable 
way as a national school. People 
have justly become very proud 
of that." 

The vision that Joseph Duffey 
had for AU was one of coopera- 
tion. "I come at an interesting 
time, trying to help this school 
come to some decisions about 
what its values are. . . I think we'll 
have to do that together. " ^^9 
-S. Lindsey 

162 )& Talon '91 

Serious Consideration: Joe 
Duffey listens intently to Ed 
Carr, as he introduces Duffey 
to the AU community. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Katie Soder- 

Approachable: Duffey and his 
wife, Anne Wexler, greet 
members of the administra- 
tion with sincere smiles. 

Relaxed Anticipation: The 
president-elect waits to be in- 
troduced to AU on March 1. 

In Command: Pausing during 
his speech, Joseph Duffey ex- 
erts a powerful presence to- 
ward his audience. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Katie Soderman) 

Pleased As Punch: Duffey 
happily receives applause at 
the end of his speech from 
members of the gathering. 





"It 's importan t not to 
be bound by tradi- 
tion. We have to 
keep appreciating 
and strengthening 


Joseph Duffey 
The American University 

Campus >(C163 

"/ love the people of AU be- 
cause they're so friendly. I 
don't feel like I'm singled out 
because I'm a South African." 

T"l reshman Linda Sindi Sindiswa Ndaki took time out from 

li her busy schedule to talk about what her life was like at 

1 1 The American University. The bubbly 19 year old from 

1 Zwelitsha Ciskei, South Africa, was a member of Africa's 

Xhosa Tribe. She came to AU in the fall of 1990 for a variety of 

reasons, one of which may not have been considered by others 

when choosing a school. 

"I want to be close to my brother Pinda, 15. He goes to the St. 

Albans School which is only a few blocks away. We've always 

been very close to each other when we go to school. I try to talk 

to him as much as I can." 

Linda attended a black public high school in South Africa until 

the fifth grade when she transfered to a white boarding school. 

She remained there until coming to AU. Majoring in public 

communications and minoring in business, she was very 

happy with the School of Communications and thought that it 

was one of the best in America. 

Although she would not see her parents until the end of the 

Spring semester, Linda was doing pretty well on her own. She 

was constantly busy, with either activities or studies, and she 

fit in pretty well at The American University. 

"I love the Marketplace. I love the atmosphere of the students 

there and all the people I meet there, it is also the best eating 

place on campus." 

"I love the people here at AU because they're so friendly. I feel 

comfortable here, like I can be myself. I don't feel like I am 

singled out because I am a South African." 

-A. Lampert ^"^ 


764 *fi Talon '91 


Let Me Read Your Tea Leaves: 

Predicting an undergraduate's 
fortune by reading his tea 
leaves, a gypsy at the festival 
excitedly tells him what his life 
Tariq Sheikh) 


A Feast For The Stomach An! 
The Eyes: Serving up tradJ 
tional foods, a student at thl 
International Day Festival 
concentrates on getting thi 
food out of the pan. (PHOTC 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) ■ 

Culture and 


Little China Set: A traditional 
Oriental tea set sits ready to be 
used during the International 
Day Festival. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 


What Does My Future Hold?: 

Getting her palm read, an un- 
dergraduate student smiles at 
the gypsy's predictions. 

The American University was 
always known for its di- 
versity. It boasted having 
foreign students from over 
120 different countries and an 
assortment of American 
students from all fifty states. 
In an attempt to foster interac- 
tion between the various cul- 
tures, AU created a common eat- 
ing area in Mary Graydon Cen- 
ter. On a typical day, one could 
see virtually dozens of cultures 
and diverstities. 
Yet, to say that the relations be- 
tween the cultures formed a 
Utopian society at AU would be 
far from the truth. It became evi- 
dent that ignorance would al- 
ways exist. But for some, it was 
replaced with interest, and con- 
fusion with understanding. 
Many foreign students felt "cul- 
ture shock" when they arrived 
in the U.S. . They had to adjust to 
American traditions and prac- 
tices and find a balance with 
their own culture. No longer 
were they in a society in which 
they were the majority. 

To aid students in their transi- 
tion and to help them in under- 
standing the American culture 
as well as the many other cul- 
tures of their international peers 
and vice versa, AU created the 
Office of International/Inter- 
culrural Student Services. 
Other alliances were created to 
accomodate the large percent- 
age of international students. 
The International Student 
Association was a board of for- 
eign students who listened to 
the voices and concerns of 
others. ISA helped to carry out 
the traditions of International 
Week, which highlighted and 
focused on the cultures of many 

Aside from the various ac- 
tivities, the international 
students produced a bi-weekly 
publication in The Eagle, The In- 
ternational Voice. The Voice 
allowed students to express 
their concerns and views and to 
report on the current inter- 
national issues of their time. 

-C. Kokinos «p J> 


Choices, Choices: An inter- 
national student purchases 
items from one of the many 
booths at the festival. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

International Flair ^165 


"7he Quod is the nicest place 
to be on a nice day. I like SIS 


verywhere you look there are mountains. It's 
beautiful. The people are very hospitable." 
Sophomore Boushra Almutawakel, a native of 
Sanaa, Yemen, spoke fondly of her home. She 
moved to the United States when she was six 
and at 12, moved to France for six months before re- 
turning to Yemen. 

In 1989, Almutawakel came to The American Uni- 
versity. She had a mixed education, learning in En- 
glish and in Arabic. That was one of the reasons she 
decided to attend AU. A relative had also attended 
AU and liked the university. 

"There are so many things to do here outside of the 
classroom. They're entertaining, and they make you 
think at the same time," Almutawakel said. 
An undeclared major in the Kogod College of Busi- 
ness Administration, Almutawakel was a member 
of the International Student Association. She spent 
a lot of time in that office and in the commuter 
lounge. She also enjoyed relaxing with friends. 
"The Quad is the nicest place to be on a nice day. I 
like SIS too." 

"It makes me feel at home to be at AU. I've always 
gone to international schools, so being here is like 
being at home." 

-A. Lampert ^ 

166 ^c Talon '91 

Imagine yourself living in 
Rome, Madrid, Cairo, and 
Buenos Aires, all before the 
age of eighteen. Various cul- 
tures would become a part of 
your personality. Opportunities 
and friendships in other nations 
would abound. 

At The American University, 
many students came from such a 
multi-cultural background. 
Freshman Tasha Peltier lived in 
seven countries within eighteen 

Peltier's father worked for the 
State Department; her family 
traveled whenever necessary. 
Peltier was born in India and 
after living in four different 
countries, returned to New 
Delhi at the age of 12. 
"They had the best American 
community there. It was very 
close. I also enjoyed traveling [in 
India] because it was so interest- 

Freshman Tina Tabb's parents 
also worked for the State De- 
partment. She had grown up in 
four different countries as well. 
She lived in Mexico City from 
the age of 13 to 16. 
"Mexico is the place where I ac- 
tually grew up. I like big cities 
and there were a lot of nice 
people and lots of things to do." 
Both Peltier and Tabb believed 
that returning to the United 
States for school was in their 
best interests. Peltier had never 
contemplated another choice 
and had no desire to remain 
overseas. Tabb was not fluent in 
any other languages and wanted 
to live in the U.S.. Both were 
attracted to AU because it was in 
Washington, D.C.. 
"During my junior year in high 
school, I was in D.C. for the 
Presidential Classroom, and it 
was like coming home," Peltier 

Tabb stated, "... after three 
years I was ready to leave [Ven- 
ezuela] ... I don't like to stay in 
one place for a long time." 

-A. Lampert ^ 


Traditional Dress: At the 1 

ternational Fashion Show, 
Asian student pauses on t| 
runway to display her gow] 

Cheese!: Relaxing at an 
event, two internation 
students pose for a quick pi 
Tariq Sheikh) 


Multi-Cultural Students 


Looking Good: Taking in the 
sights on International Day, a 
student pauses at a grill of pita 
and shish kabob. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 


Souvenir Shopping: Check- 
ing out items for sale, a stu- 
dent pauses at an Asian booth 
during International Week. 
(Talon File Photograph) 


Telling It Like It Is: During an 
international party in Leonard 
Hall, a woman tells a story to 
friends. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Tariq Sheikh) 

International Flair^ 167 


I /&* 

"I don't like to be just o 
number. I like to have a close 
relationship with my teach- 

1 f\ ne of the best parts about AU is the people. They are 
very warm and nice." 

Since he had been at The American University, junior 
Alfredo Mauricio Fraga had gotten to know a lot of 
people. He was a founding father and vice president of 

AU's newest fraternity, Delta Chi, and an active participant on 


Having grown up in a large family, Fraga knew what it was like 

to be surrounded by a lot of people. He was the fifth child of 

three boys and three girls who have lived all around the world. 

His parents continued to live in Quito, Ecuador where he grew 

After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Metro- 
politan School of Design in Quito, Fraga moved to Wash- 
ington, D.C. and attended The American University. At AU 
he intended to major in International Business. 
Fraga came to AU because of the size of the school. He felt the 
university was small enough for him to get the personal atten- 
tion that he liked. "I don't like to be just a number. I like to have 
a close relationship with my teachers." 

In addition, Fraga believed that people at AU were fairly open 
to learning about new cultures and people, which he loved to 

Despite the active life Fraga led at AU, one of his favorite 
places was his room in Centennial Hall. He appreciated having 
time to himself, so that he could be alone and relax. "I need 
time for myself, time only for myself." ^^,— 

-A. Lampert ^^~ 


' T pon their arrival in the Unit- 

I ed States, international stu- 

I dents were faced with a new 

\J way of life. Many things 

were different—very unlike 


Junior Ivelisse Bonilla, a student 
from Puerto Rico, thought that 
the most substantial difference 
between Puerto Rico and the 
United States was the relation- 
ship that people have with each 

"The people in Puerto Rico in- 
teract very personally, not so in- 
dividually like they do in the 
United States. Here, in the U.S., 
privacy is number one." 
Junior Tsukiyo Kojima from 
Japan, said that technology 
there was much more advanced. 
She also said that people were 
more apt to stay with one job 
throughout their lives. 
"In Japan, people work for the 
same company all their lives. It's 
like a big family." 
Kojima added that things were 
more concentrated in Japan. 
Transportation was well or- 
ganized, and it was easy to 
travel everywhere. 
First year graduate student 
Takumi Hirai found the televi- 
sion in Japan very different from 
that in the United States. In 
Osaka, the shows offered less 
drama and more variety. 
"There are more types and styles 
of shows. They are more cre- 
ative. There are also different 
kinds of news. One station is 
professional baseball news 

Many international students 
maintained strong feelings 
about their own countries, 
just as many American students 
had strong feelings about the 
United States. This made 
studies, discussions, and life in 
the U.S.A. exciting for everyone 

-A. Lampert 


Berlin & Vienna: Peeking throuj 
the Berlin Wall to freedom, two st 
dents visit historic Germany durii 
the time of reunification. In Vienn 
an Austrian band plays for the enjo 
ment and pleasure of the crow 

168 ^c Talon '91 



Tokyo: Rising into the sky, the Tokyo 
Tower in Japan sits ominously above 
the city. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Tsukiyo Kojima) 

International Flair -^169 


"One of the best things about 
AU is the friends that you 
make here. " 

I l _ like the way the city [Washington, D.C.] works and the 
I power of the city. I like politics to a certain degree, and 
I the media here is so powerful." 

Senior Samer Farha had lived in Washington, D.C. 
■ for four years and had learned what it was like to go to 
school in one of the most powerful cities in the world. 

Farha's parents had lived in Cyprus, Kuwait, and also in 
Lebanon, where he was raised. His sister, Zeina, attended 
Bradley University in Peoria, IL. 

Originally a computer major, Farha later changed his career 
goals to communications, specializing in broadcast jour- 
nalism. Therefore, Farha spent most of his time at American 
Television where he worked as the continuity director. Any 
"extra" time was taken up by his responsibilities as Letts Hall 
president and as a helper to the Student Confederation. 

"I spent most of my time on the second floor of Mary 
Graydon. I've spent many sleepless nights there." 

After graduation, Farha said he hopes to get a job in the 
United States or London. He added that he would not mind 
going back to Kuwait. 

Over the years, Farha had made many friends that he ex- 
pected to see again when he became a television news pro- 
ducer. He was sure that the contacts he made at AU were ones 
that would be profitable. 

"[One of the best things about AU] is the friends that you 
make here. These are people who, in one way or another, you 
will be in contact with throughout the years." ^m 

-A. Lampert r£~-^ 

170 Y^ Talon '91 

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Coing to a foreign country 
could be an exciting experi- 
ence, but attending school 
there would be even more 
exciting. Adjusting to the life 
style of a residence hall was dif- 
ficult, but more so for those 
adjusting to life in the United 

Leonard Hall was the inter- 
national/intercultural residence 
hall on campus, where approxi- 
mately fifteen percent of the res- 
idents were international stu- 
dents. Activities such as a 
Cypriot Night, an international 
floor night, and an international 
holiday party were a few ac- 
tivities designed to help resi- 
dents learn about each other. 

Besides the residence hall ac- 
tivities, many clubs and or- 

ganizations existed on campus, 
offering good times and com- 
panionship. Mary Graydon 
Center was a favorite hangout 
among international students. 
The first floor, the lobby, and the 
steps were filled with people 
talking, laughing, eating, and 
studying. The Davenport 
Lounge and front steps of the 
School of International Service 
Building were also popular 

In addition, international 
students found clubs, res- 
taurants, and religious or- 
ganizations throughout Wash- 
ington, D.C., that offered some 
comforts of home. Dupont 
Circle and Georgetown were 
favorite sites for many. ^^^^ 
-A. Lampert ^^^Z 


Casual Conversation: Taking 
time out from a busy day, in- 
ternational students sit for 
light conversation in front of 
the SIS building. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Amy Lampert) 

Time Out: Laughing at a re- 
mark, students relax on the 
quad on a nice day. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Amy Lampert) 



Deep Thoughts: Looking 
rather pensive, an inter- 
national student takes a break. 

Study Break: Studying in- 
tensely, American and inter- 
national students question 
each other about material. 
(Talon File Photograph) 


ho are you? Who 
am I? What does 
it matter? Ques- 
tions, questions- 
just a few that in- 
vaded the minds of the audience 
watching the performance of 
Edward Albie's The Lady from 
Dubuque, which was presented 
by The American University 
Players in April. The Ladv from 
Dubuque was just one of the 
many plays performed by the 
AU Players. These talented 
young men and women, direct- 
ed and casted themselves in var- 
ious plays, dramas, comedies, 
satires, providing AU with a di- 
verse theatrical repetoire. 
The AU Players not only per- 
formed plays by well-known 
writers, they also wrote and di- 
rected there own works. These 
plays were included in their 
second annual Originals Fes- 
tival. The first play in the fes- 
tival, La Tortura Enamorada, was 

written and directed by Eric 
Steve Carlson, with further di- 
rections from Molly Loughlin. 
The play was dedicated to the 
missing and tortured peoples of 
all nations. 

On the lighter side, Achilles in 
Hightops was a bit of social 
satire set in the Lambert-St. 
Louis International Airport dur- 
ing the Christmas holidays. 
Written by Rich Taylor and di- 
rected by Jennifer Ambrosino, 
the work allowed the players to 
portray wacky characters. 
Other works by members of the 
AU Players were performed at 
The Originals Festival as well. 
The Originals Festival and The 
Lady from Dubuque were just 
two of many productions per- 
formed by the AU Players. 
Others, such as Antigone and A 
Night of One Acts, enhanced 
the diversity of their theatre pro- 
ductions. J«B 
-R. Lindsey \ f 

174 ^ Talon '91 


Hands On Training: A couple 
in The Originals Festival 
addresses a sexual dilemma. 
Milton Beeghly) 

Creative Genius?: Rob Unson 
portrays a student working on 
a paper in this one act plav. 


Procrastination: A member of 
the AU Players thinks aloud in 
a in a performance at Kreeger 
Music Recital Hall. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Katie Soderman) 


All Aboard: Trish McCauley 
and Andy Caporosa act out a 
quick scene at Faculty-Staff 
Appreciation Day during 
Homecoming Week. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Rick Doyle) 

"Even though I'm not a 
theatre major, I was cast in 
three shows with the DP A 
this year. The department 
is very loyal to its 
students, but still gives 
non-majors an opportu- 
nity to perform. " 

Jackie Clifton 
Class of 1992 

Arts Yz 175 

HH6 J rtfHife 
Do You Remember? 

M s their first major 
jg performance of the 
J^fl academic year, the 
fjgl^p** Department of 
Performing Arts 
presented The Diary of Anne 
Frank, the story of a young girl 
who comes of age during the 

Susan Snyder (CAS '93), the 
lead in The Diary of Anne Frank, 
felt a personal connection to her 
character. "There was a part of 
Anne in me," she said. 

Snyder felt a deep obligation 
was owed to the role of Anne, be- 
cause she was playing a real per- 
son, not simply a fictional charac- 
ter. She researched the Holo- 

caust intensely, with specific em- 
phasis on the Frank family. 

Snyder also believed that the 
play had great significance for 
people everywhere. She stated, 
"The world today is upside- 
down. It is very difficult for 
people to find something to hold 
on to." 

Cast unity was a determining 
factor in the show's success. 
"You could depend on every- 
one," she commented. "Every- 
one is on the stage the entire 
time. You have to trust each 

"It was an honor to be Anna; . . . 

a living memory of her." J 1 

— R. Riggs L. j 


Comforting Her Mother: 

Margo (Trisha McCauley) 
reassures Mrs. Frank (Gillian 
Holt) that Anne loves her even 
though Anne turns to her 
father for comfort. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Katie Soder- 


Tension Breaks: Dussel (Joi 
Weis) vents his frustrati 
when Mr. Van Damme (Ke 
Steurevant) is discovered st< 
ing bread from the pant 

Gathered Together: The Fr; 
and Van Damme families I 
gets past grievances as they 
discover the meaning 
Hannukah. (PHOTOGRA 
BY: Katie Soderman) 

176 y^ Talon '91 

"The Department of Per- 
forming Arts was a great 
place to hang around, es- 
pecially when I was new, 
because everyone became 
extended family. I origi- 
nally wanted to be an 
actor, but my parents 
wanted me to be an 

Adam Stolpen 

Class of 1969 

He is currently an attorney 

in Westport, CT. 

Arts Y^ 177 


What Is Right? 

"When I played Ismene, 
Dr. Yocum brought out the 
best in me. Antigone was 
my acting debut, and I was 
apprehensive at the be- 
ginning. I'd never spoken 
from the stage before, but 
Dr. Yocum was excellent. 
It was a good experience, 
and I'd like to give Antig- 
one another try. My ex- 
perience at the DP A was 
valuable. " 

Kathleen Bannon 

Class of 1970 

Ms. Bannon manages the 

Miami City Ballet and 

resides in Boca Raton, FL. 


rhe significance of 
the play Antigone 
was that it was 
a "complete stu- 
dent production," 
remarked Rennie Pincus who 
played the role of Creon. The 
play was performed entirely 
by The American University 
Players. The students pro- 
duced the show on their own — 
without any assistance from 
the Department of Performing 

The AU Players chose to use 
Jean Anouilh's modern version 
of Antigone rather than the an- 

cient Greek version written by 
Sophocles. Pincus said that An- 
tigone turned out to be a "timely 
play" to choose due to the Per- 
sian Gulf Crisis. He felt that the 
performance explored the con- 
flicts that often exist between 
what is considered correct by the 
government and what a person 
feels is morally just. In this way, 
it echoed the world situation. 

Pincus concluded, "The audi- 
ence should learn something 
from the play. They must each 
decide what is right and 
true." j — I 

— Staff Writers ^J 


Time Is Stilled: The entire cast 
of Antigone freezes at the con- 
clusion of the play as thev 
realize the tragedy of Anti- 
gone's death.' (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Ed Young) 


An Inner Reflection: Antig- 
one awaits Creon's discovery 
of her brother's burial, so that 
she mav accept blame. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

178 ^ Talon '91 


Easing Internal Wounds: An- 
tigone's nurse comforts her 
after Creon has demanded 
that she be executed. 


Pleading: Ismene begs her sis- 
ter not to defy Creon' s orders 
and bury her brother. 

Arts ^ 179 

Musical Debuts At AU 

n December, The 
American University 
Department of Per- 
forming Arts hosted 
the debut of Spring's 
Awakening. The cast was com- 
posed entirely of AU students. 
Through the awakening sex- 
uality of adolescents, the 
tragedy of death, the com- 
plications of an unexpected 
pregnancy, and a battle of con- 
science, this musical touched 
upon a wide range of emotions. 
Kyle Holen, who played the role 
of Melchior, enjoyed being in 
the premiere of the musical ver- 
sion of the show. "We had input 
on all the changes made in the 
play, and the songs were written 
based upon the way we were 
forming our characters." Holen 
joked, "They continued to 
change the music throughout 

The Price Of Ignorance: Frau 
Bergmann (Jacquelyn Clifton) 
comforts her daughter, 
Wendla, by saying the sick- 
ness (pregnancy) will soon be 
gone. She doesn't explain that 
Wendla's cure will be an abor- 
Katie Soderman) 

Mutual Revelations: Relaxing 
after class, two schoolmates 
reveal their attraction for one 
another after they have by- 
passed the initial awkward- 
Katie Soderman) 

the rehearsals. I didn't receive 
some music until one week be- 
fore the performance. As a mat- 
ter of fact, I got a few lyrics open- 
ing night!" 

Holen also found it refreshing to 
have worked with Rob Bundy, 
the director. 

Melchior's love interest, 
Wendla, was played by Trish 
Stansfield, a good friend of 
Holen's. Both found it uncom- 
fortable to act sexual on stage. 
"But., we were able to help one 
another feel comfortable," 
Holen added. 

The musical was extremely 
demanding. Holen said, "There 
is a fine line between melo- 
drama and realism. It took me a 
long time to find where to 
walk." \ | 

-R. Riggs -J 

180 )£ Talon '97 

"Having a small depart- 
ment enables the students 
to get to know their peers 
and professors on a very 
personal level. This makes 
the learning experience 
more meaningful and 
complete. " 

Trish Stansfield 
Class of 1992 


The Masque: The mysterious 
and constantly meta- 
morphesizing figure of the 
Masque (Arlene Arzola- 
Marrero) appears for her only 
soliloquy. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Katie Soderman) 

Arts Y^ 181 

~4e &*ty of tie #&W 

Finding One's True Self 

"Strickland was a mar- 
velous person. I learned a 
lot and enjoyed working 
with him. It was the high- 
light of being around the 
theater. " 

Benjamin Brittain 
Class of 1966 

182 ^ Talon '91 

he setting was the 
apartment of the 
Warren family on 
the southside of 
Chicago. The time 
was the 1950's, just before the be- 
ginning of the civil rights move- 
ment. The Sty of the Blind Pig, 
the first all black show presented 
by the Department of Perform- 
ing Arts, demonstrated a period 
of sudden change in the lives of 
the Warrens. 

The Warren family consisted of 
Weedy (Makeda S. Harris), her 
daughter Alberta (Tamika Lam- 
ison), and Weedy's brother Doc 
Sweet (Dana Pace). Alberta 
worked as a maid for a rich white 
family, and in the evenings took 
care of her mother, Weedy, a 
somewhat difficult but humor- 
ous old woman. Weedy spent 
her days sending Doc Sweet to 
follow Alberta and report on her 
activities, as well as "rambling" 
around in Alberta's room. 
The somewhat tension-filled 
status quo of the Warrens' life 
was disrupted by the appear- 

What Are You Talkin' 
About?: Doc Sweet (Dana 
Pace) and Weedy (Makeda 
Harris) argue about the future 
of Alberta and Jordan. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Jenna Sur- 

It's Ready: Alberta, played by 
Tamika Lamison, serves Jor- 
dan breakfast after he moves 
into their apartment. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Jenna Sur- 

ence of Jordan, a blind street 
singer in search of a woman 
named Grace Waters. Jordan 
gave Doc inside information on 
a lottery, making him a small 
fortune. Jordan then began to 
see Alberta, much to Weedy's 
dismay. Eventually, he moved 
in, and chaos reigned supreme. 
Doc, who had always had a taste 
for high living, was robbed by 
his former girlfriend and an ac- 
complice. Alberta realized that 
Jordan was not merely the 
gentle singer he appeared to be. 
In fact, the sightless street singer 
carried a scar on his chest from a 
woman he strangled as she was 
trying to stab him. Also, Jordan 
once stayed in a "Blind Pig", a 
house of ill-repute, where 
women, whiskey, and food 
were sold. 

These revelations, amongst a 
few others, caused The Sty of 
the Blind Pig to exert and ex- 
pose the complexities and dif- 
ficulties of the entire Warren 
family. i — L 

-Staff Writers LJ 

Arts ^ 


A Comedy of Wits 

n the year 1672, in the 
home of Chrysale, a 
well to do Frenchman, 
"reasoning has driven 
reason out". In 
Moliere's comedy The Learned 
Ladies, Chrysale's (Andy Cap- 
oroso) household became 
overrun with would-be 
scholars. Chrysale's wife, Phil- 
amente (Jennifer Goodnow), 
nearly adopted a supposedly 
brilliant man named Trissotin 
(David Berin). Trissotin served 
to confuse and complicate the 

lives of Philamente's and 
Chrysale's daughter, Henriette 
(Sara Perez), and her would-be 
husband, Clitandre (David Ort- 

All came right in the end, as the 
lovers were united. The direc- 
tor, Dr. Mendenhall, explained 
Moliere's idea of a comedy: "...I 
laugh at others with the smile of 
recognition... for what I see in 
them, I know to be lurking about 
in myself." An idea to con- 


Stand Strong!: Jody Ebert en 
courages Andy Caporoso not 
to let his wife dominate his 
Milton Beeghly) 

184 ^ Talon '91 


What'll I Do?: Jen Goodnow is 
surrounded by friends and 
foes as she receives word that 
she has lost all her money in a 
court battle. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: C. Milton Beeghly) 

"I know that the experi- 
ence and opportunity 
which I have had at the 
DP A has given me a solid 
basis from which to 
launch my professional 
career in theatre. " 

Brett Smock 
Class of 1992 


Shocked!: This group of 
women look appalled at com- 
ments made during an argu- 
ment over the proper use of 
language. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: C. Milton Beeghly) 

Arts ^ 185 

Comic Relief During Finals 

"The DP A provides a 
unique setting that com- 
bines the rigors of aca- 
demia and exposure to the 
professional world of per- 
forming. It prepares us to 
enter the professional 
world with confidence 
and a desire to make a dif- 
ference. " 

Sheri Elder 


Department of 
Performing Arts 

Who Is The Real One?: Yellow 
Feather (Rob Unson), Cor- 
poral Billy (Andy Caporoso), 
and Nancy Twinkle (Suzanne 
Farkas) bump into each other 
during a hysterical chase 
C. Milton Beeghly) 

Adventure: Sheri Elder, por- 
traying a German opera singer 
on vacation, pauses during a 
hike in the mountains. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: C. Milton 

186 ^ Talon '91 

s its last perfor- 
mance of the year 
the Department of 
Performing Arts 
chose Little Mary 
inshine. The melodramatic 
medy arrived just in time to 
;hten the stress of finals and 
rm papers. Director Elizabeth 
rkpatrick Vrenios stated in the 
jril 5 issue of The Eagle, that 

the work "is geared to making 
people forget their troubles". 
Little Mary, played alternately 
by Trish Stansfield and Cynthia 
Zimmerman, owns an inn locat- 
ed in the Colorado Mountains. 
She payed for it with profits she 
made from baking chocolate 
chip cookies. The profits were 
not enough however and the 
government threatened for- 

closure. What followed were 
scenes filled with mayhem and 
mischief. There were chases be- 
tween rangers and Indians as 
Corporal Bill (Scott Stevenson/ 
Andy Caporoso) and his men 
tried to capture Yellow Feather 
(Rob Unson). The Indians cap- 
tured Little Mary Sunshine. 
Nancy Twinkle (Suzanne 
Farkas) flirted with everyone. 

In the end, happy couples 
walked off to live in joy. 
Little Mary Sunshine was filled 
with humor and songs that forced 
the audience to hum along. In 
The Eagle, Vrenios said, "It was 
done here 20 years ago. With the 
world situation and energy, it 
was time to do something truly 
lighthearted." J 1 

-S. Lindsey &w~> 

Welcome: Little Mary Sun- 
shine (Tnsh Stansfield) greets 
Corporal Billy's rangers when 
they arrive at her inn. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: C. Milton 

Care For Some?: Suzanne 
Farkas, playing Nancy 
Twinkle, offers the rangers re- 
freshments while flirting out- 
rageously. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: C. Milton Beeghly) 

Arts ^ 187 

A Touch of Gold 


Marching In Time: Per- 
formers mark time to a tradi- 
tional English tune during "A 
Tribute to Great Britain". 


Center Stage: Barrv Blumen- 
feld captures the audience's 
attention with his tap solo. 

188 )(z; Talon '91 

"I'm happy that even 
though I'm a criminal jus- 
tice major, I've gotten a 
chance to play interesting 

Arlene Arzola 
Class of 1992 

id you ever wish 
you could be part of 
# « a performing 
__/ \J f troupe? Entertain 
*^'^ r celebrities and im- 
ortant dignitaries? Sing and 
ance at a presidential celebra- 
on? For members of Pizzazz, 
lese dreams came true, 
or the past three years, talented 
udents under the direction of 
iail Humpries-Breeskin had 
een part of a singing and danc- 
ig troupe. The group's rep- 
toire ranged from classic broad- 
'ay tunes to show tunes from 
msicals such as Cabaret. The 
loreography was done by AU 
tudent Brett Smock. Arlene 

Arzola, a member of Pizzazz 
stated, "It's wonderful to see 
that a student has done the 

"Few people have the chance to 
perform with the caliber of 
people I am today. They are all 
very talented." 

Pizzazz had the honors of per- 
forming at several noteworthy 
events including the Young 
President's Organization Hol- 
iday Celebration and a reception 
for Vice President Quayle. 
Arzola stated, "Pizzazz gives me 
the opportunity to sing and 
dance, which is what makes me 
the happiest. I like to make 
people smile." PL 
-S. Lindsey t | 

In Action: Pizzazz members 
move to form a circle while 
singing an upbeat tune. 

Perfect Formation: The enter- 
tainers pose, forming a star as 
one of the many patterns in 
their routine. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Dave Robison) 

Arts }«c 789 


A Unique Learning Experience 

he American Uni- 
versity Singers con- 
sisted of young men 
and women, fresh- 
men through se- 
niors, willing to put time and ef- 
fort into developing vocal 
talents. The group was offered 
as part of the Department of Per- 
forming Arts curriculum, for 
two credits. Entrance was per- 
mitted by audition only. 
Director and professor Sandra 
Proctor, led the AU Singers in 
several concerts this year. In 
October, in Kay Spiritual Life 
Center, the group performed 
classical music by Sveelinck, 
Haydn, and Lassus. For the hol- 
iday season, the Singers joined 
with the AU Chorale for the 
Messiah Sing-Along. Then, as 
their finale for the year, the AU 
Singers once again collaborated 
with the chorale for a concert in 
the Metropolitain Methodist 

Vocal instruction within the 
classroom, combined with con- 
cert performances, provided the 
American University Singers 
with a unique learning experi- 
ence, j — | 
-S.Lindsey ^^ J 

190 fc Talon '91 

Festive Evenings of Music 

Highlights: This soloist sings 
at a concert in Kay Spiritual 
Center ( Talon File Photo- 

May I Take Your Order?: A 

member of the chorale helps 
serve guests at the Madrigal 
Dinner in December. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Eden Schwartz) 

Voices Combined: The AU 
Chorale and AU Singers dem- 
onstrate their combined vocal 
talents. (Talon File Photo- 

A^ eginning the year 
d^wJl with a large bang, 
V ^r The American Uni- 
f\ versity Chorale had 
s f$^ their first perfor- 
mance in October at the Ken- 
nedy Center Concert Hall. Aside 
the George Washington Uni- 
versity Chorale, the AU Chorale 
sang for members of the metro- 
politan D.C. area. 
Similar to the AU Singers, the 
Chorale was offered as a per- 
forming arts course. Through 
the DPA, it consisted of ap- 
proximately thirty students 
earning one credit hour per 
semester as well as endless in- 
struction and experience. 
In addition to their performance 
at the Kennedy Center, the AU 
Chorale presented the AU com- 
munity with a performance of 
The Peaceable Kingdom at Kay 
Spiritual Center in November. 
The following month, the group 
joined the AU Singers for the 
Messiah Sing-Along and con- 
tinued their traditional perfor- 
mance of the Madrigal Dinner in 
the University Club. In the 
Spring, the chorale sang lengthy 
classical pieces along with the 
AU Singers in their final concert 
of the season. I L 

-S. Lindsey -«J 

Arts fc 191 

cd?i Qrc&estm 

Musical Delight 

ontinuing the tradi- 
tion of providing 
musical instruction 
and performance 
experience, The 
American University Depart- 
ment of Performing Arts offered 
its students the opportunity to 
join the AU Orchestra. This one 
credit music course met once a 
week and was open by audition 

Under the direction of Conduc- 
tor-in-residence, Piotr Gajew- 
ski, the orchestra performed 
twice during the year. On De- 
cember 1, the music of Men- 
delssohn's Symphony Number 
3 in A, Dvorak's Symphony 
Number 8 in G, and other classi- 
cal pieces, filled Kay Spiritual 
Life Center. 

Adding to their repetoire for 
second semester, the AU Or- 
chestra played Gershwin's 
Rhapsody in Blue, featuring 
pianist Alan Mandel, and other 
well known pieces. 
The two concerts were designed 
to allow students to demon- 
strate the results of a semes- 
ter's worth of practice and 
study. I — i 

-S. Lindsey L^J 

192 ^ Talon '91 

Less Stress 

or instrumentalists 
less inclined to want 
rigid practice sched- 
ules and a classical 
repetoire, The Ameri- 
can University Pep 
Band was the group to join. 
Offered as a one or non-credit 
course, the pep band was the 
only curriculum not requiring 

For those who joined the group, 
practice occurred once a week 
and one hour before each game. 
The band consisted mainly of a 
jazz ensemble that played up- 
beat popular songs at basketball 
games. It was led by Craig Teer. 
Adam Jacobson, a member of 
The American University Pep 
Band said, "We are all serious 
players, but try to have fun with 
it." [— L 

-S. Lindsey ^J 


Banging On Baldy: A 

mer who had carefully deco- 
rated his drums with pictures 
of the GWU coach waits for his 
Tony Young) 

Attention!: Chris Teer quiets 
the Pep Rally audience in 
order to teach them the alma 
mater for the Homecoming 
Game the next day. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

Arts fc 793 

^hcc Concerts 

Creative Movement 

"With the experience that 
the Department of Per- 
forming Arts has gained 
over the last few years, it is 
becoming consistantly 
better for its students." 

C. Milton Beeghly 
Class of 1991 


Sharp: Barry Blumenfeld 
poses at the opening of his tap 
routine during the Spring 
Dance Concert. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Sharon Lindsey) 

Suspended: Two dancers in 
the Fall Dance Concert pose in 
a relive during their routine. 

194 ^ Talon '91 


gniting the stage with 
movement and drama, 
performers in the Fall 
and Spring Dance 
Concerts ranged from 
younger children to graduate 
students. The dances them- 
selves were equally diverse, 
boasting modern ballet, tap, and 
interpretive mime. 
In the fall, modern pieces, such 
as a solo performed by Beth 
Davis, dominated the evening. 
Other works included a solo per- 
formed by Lisa Yount and an in- 
terpretive dance relating to di- 
versity in personalities. 
The Spring concert included 
modern works as well. Mar- 

Hang On: Women struggle to 
help their friend in this 
modern piece performed in 
the fall concert. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Stretch: A soloist in the dance 
concert demonstrates her flex- 
ibility and poise. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Anguish: Beth Davis captures 
a variety of emotions in her 
solo, creating the impression 
her character has gone over 
the edge. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

garita Amaudova, a visiting 
artist from Bulgaria, choreo- 
graphed two pieces, "Once 
Again For Love", a striking pas 
de deux, and "Nestinarca", a 
powerful study in culture. The 
concert also included a tribute to 
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, 
featuring tappers Carol Vaughn, 
Barry Blumenfeld, and young- 
ster Baakari Wilder. 
The dance concerts, as stated in 
one of the director's notes, dem- 
onstrated that dance was "a way 
of crossing cultural barriers and 
sharing differences and sim- 
ilarities through non-verbal 
realms of rime and space." f L 
-Staff Writers LJ 

Arts ^ 195 

A Study In Fine Arts 

"AU's Watkins Gallery 
has attracted national 
attention as a showcase for 
modern art." 

AU News 
September 12, 1990 

i f 



Portfolio Material: A student 
sits on the floor of a Watkins 
classroom, beside her open 
charcoal drawing. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Checking Them Out: An artist 
shows her professor her 
drawings from the spring 
semester's class. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

On Display: This modern 
painting hangs on display in 
Watkins Art Gallery. (PHO- 
TOGRAPH BY: Jenna Sur- 

196 fc Talon '91 

Geometric Shapes: The artist 
of this painting in Watkins Art 
Gallery uses geometric de- 
signs to express its theme. 

ffering an educational 
experience com- 
plementary to any 
major was The 
American University 
Department of Art. Located in 
the Watkins Building, the de- 
partment taught classes in paint- 
ing, drawing, sculpting, and 
other areas of fine arts. 
Aside from classes, the Depart- 
ment of Art housed Watkins Art 
Gallery. The gallery, named 
after C. Law Watkins, a former 
chairman of the Department of 
Arts under whose guidance it 
was greatly developed, dis- 
played rotating collections of 
artists' works. 

For instance, the gallery opened 
with a sculpture exhibit by artist 

Finishing Touches: An AU 
student puts final changes on 
a nude arts sculpture done in 
Da Vor Photo, Inc.) 

and AU fine arts professor, 
Mark Oxman. It featured life fig- 
ures and abstract water foun- 
tains made of bronze and 

In October, works from the C. 
Law Watkins Memorial Collec- 
tion returned briefly to campus 
for a showing. Later, in 
February, panel discussions 
occurred on "Pluralism: Who 
Gets Sun, What Gets Heard and 
what Gets Said". 
Watkins Art Gallery sponsored 
many other exhibits, as well as 
collections that changed on a 
monthly basis. At the end of 
spring, students received the 
opportunity to display their own 
works at the annual Design 

-S. Lindsev 


Arts ^ 197 

A Parody of Feminism 

evult was an inde- 
pendant study 
group that injected 
theatre into the 
community. Chamber Music, 
presented in April, was per- 
formed as one of the group's 

Written by Arthur Kopit, 
Chamber Music was a curious 
play, set in the women's ward of 
a mental institution. The char- 
acters tried to decide how they 
should defend themselves 
against an anticipated attack 
from the men's ward. 
To add to an already unusual 
plot, the women believed 
themselves to be seven famous 
and prominent historical fig- 
ures. The first to enter the stage 

was a woman playing a record 
player, Mrs. Mozart (Cindy 
Belcher). Oda Johnson (Michelle 
Riu)-the big game hunter fol- 
lowed. Eventually these two 
women were joined by Joan of 
Arc (Jen Good), Susan B. An- 
thony (Allison Schreiber), 
Amelia Ehrhart (Laura Gutkin), 
Queen Isabella (Lynn Filusch), 
Gertrude Stein (Tricia Mc- 
Cauley)— a feminist poet, and 
Pearl White (Kerry Hough), the 
silent movie star. 
The group portrayed their in- 
sane characters well, leaving the 
audience to wonder if Chamber 
Music was a statement about 
how women are imprisoned by 
men or a caricature portraying 
these women from a man's point 
of view. J I 

-S. Lindseyj^i 


Anybody Home?: Cindy 
Belcher, playing Mrs. Mozart, 
tries to disturb Joan of Arc (Jen 
Good). ( Talon File Photo- 

Cheese!: Revult poses for a 
photo after their performance. 
(Talon File Photograph) 


Halt!: Oda Johnson (Michi 
Riu) shows her paranoid can- 
nibalistic personality by 
threatening the others. ( Talon 
File Photograph) 

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Regal Splendor: Queen 

Isabella (Lynn Filusch), per- 
forms her soliloquy as the 
others look on, bored. (Talon 
File Photograph) 

Bravo! Bravo!: Queen Isabella 
applauds as Pearl White 
(Kerry Hough) twirls and 
dances around the room. 
(Talon File Photograph) 

"Ours is the only depart- 
ment where one can rec- 
ognize the students by 
sound instead of sight. I 
guess it's a noisy place to 
those who are unimagina- 
tive and uncreative. But to 
us it's a lot of fun. " 

Dan Britt 
Graduate Student 

Arts ^ 1 99 



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Residence Halls 

anderson hall 

resident assistants hall council 

(from left to right) Front Row: Drew Patrick, Millicent Trerett, Randy Pawlowski, Nadim Jean Sawaya, 
Michelle Duchon, Rob Bannister, Allison Fisher. Row Two: Sandy Thomsen, Jeanne Carley, Joe Williams, 
Mary Ellen Nosworthy, Kevin Rojek, Craig Cheifetz, David Fuhrer, Brian Glou, Claudia Fermature. Row 
Three: Jennifer Hanlon, Albert DerMovsesian, Anna Griswold, James Bellavance, Stephanie Rubin, Brian 
Burns, James R. Johnston, Saul Sarrett. 

(from left to right): Mike Leshnower, Tim Titus, Hal Looby, I 

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centennial hall 

(from left to right) Front Row: Tina Henoch, Clara Shockley, Lisa Hoover. Row Two: Lynn Filusch, Dave 
Ouellette, Duane Deskevich, Asim Raza. 

tall council 

I im left to right) Front Row: Karla Koza, Katie Pitra . Row Two: 
borah Uitz, Kristin Mulvehill. 

Residence Halls 

resident: assistants 

(from left to right) Front Row: Gladys Ellett. Row Two: Pam 

Verick, Anne Humphrey, David Walton, Ed McGrath, LaRita 
Baker, Jared Cohen. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Elizabeth Peleckis, Val 
Richardson, Kevin Lane. 

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Organizations )(z 207 

Residence Halls 

all council 

(from left to right) Front Row: Jennifer Dikun, Jacquelyn Dematteo, Samer Farhal 
Row Two: Beth Isserlis, Scott Lerman, Keri Cooper. 




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(from left to right) Front Row: Kate 
Hochberg, Marikay Satryano, Al 
Lupcho. Row Two: Greg Drumm, Shelly 
Botte, Mark Schaffer, Jason Altman. 
Row Three: Mary Caron, Maggie Poe, 
Keeley Rubeski, Colleen McCurdy, 
Steve Hofmann, Rebecca Soh. 

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ncdowell hall 

hall council 

(from left to right) Front Row: Gail Repsher, Ingrid Sanchez. 
Row Two: Karl Ruppert, Matthew Yardeni, Bromley Lowe. 


(from left to right) Front Row: John Nolting, Greg Allen, Chuck Dick. Row Two: Ken 
Neilsen Wendy Lyon, Maria Ansanelli, Arlene Arzola, Alisa Siebeneck. 

NAME: Tariq Sheikh 

AGE: 21 

BACKGROUND: born in 

Kenya, raised in Zaire from 

1978-80, lived in Cameroon from 

1980-85, and New Hampsire 


MAJOR: International Studies 

Q: What inspired you to become 
a Resident Assistant? 

"I was a Resident Assistant in 
boarding school in the United 
States. I saw it as a part of my 
education. To be a good R.A. I 
would have to grow, and I knew 

it was a job that required a lot of 
patience and intelligence." 

Q: Do you enjoy being an R. A.? 

"It's a lot of work but it's very re- 
warding at times. And there's 
nothing that can describe how 
good it feels when I know that 
I've helped someone on some- 
thing important like a medical 
emergency or a suicide." 

Q: How has this job changed 
ybur life? 

"Oh, it's made me a lot more 
mellow — which may be hard to 
imagine. But it's also made me 
more patient, caring, and 


Q: How do you handle the stress 

of your job? 

"By getting away from campus 
on a regular basis — forcing 
myself to get off campus actu- 
ally. I have to remind myself to 
get away." 

Q: Do you feel you've missed 
being involved in other ac- 
tivities because of your posi- 

"Yes, but this is the choice I've 
made realizing I would have less 
time for other things. I don't re- 
gret it at all because I know I've 
been learning and growing." 

Organizations ^ 209 

Residence Halls 

cenley campus 

(from left to right) Front Row: Carl Meadows, Hiban Osman, 
Anna Hickman, Lori Boatright. Row Two: Danny Kwon, Donna 
Podems. Row Three: Eric Nordstrom, Craig Broderdorp, Dawn 
Hockenberry, Elizabeth Hanke. 

rha executive 

(from left to right) Front Row: Susan Richardson, Lisa Olivieri. Row Two: Marci Joniec, Andrea Lyr 

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(from left to right) Front Row: Matt Ward, Linda Bloss, Shep 
Harris, Diane Jackson. Row Two: Adam Hartzell, Amy 
Brown, Melissa Wajnert, Laura Gutkin, Stu Nolan, Betsy Oil- 
man, Joe Williams. 


general assembly 

om left to right) Front Row: Adena Tuckman, Sharon Orahn, Jame DiBiaiso, Dianne Coan, Stephanie Wheeler, , 
;phen Harmon, Laura Gutkin, Karl Ruppert, Shelley Millis, Amy Brown, Dan Jaffe, Juliana Gaetano, Hissam 
landker, Alicia Robinson. Row Two: Mike Carol, Shep Harris, Rob Johnson, Jessica Mendelson, Ben Lewis, Geb 
xton, Mike Pametta, Enn Fuller, Kate Kegan, Lisa Sheder. Row Three: Betsy Oilman, Scott Greenspan, Jim Kaplan, 

an McMullen. 

Organizations ^211 



(from left to right) Front Row: Ian Davies, Lori Goldman, Barbara Langdon, Steve Kuhn, Jill Rice, Dana Baxt, Bill Goldstei; 
Row Two: Jeff Erlich, Linda Howard, Jon Fulkerson, Chris Kain, Shannon Avres, unknown, Cynthia Wetmore, Jaret Seibeni 


(from left to right) Front Row: Fredo 
Arias-King, unknown, Andrew 
Lachman. Row Two: Chris Friend, An- 
gelos Markides. 

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(from left to right) Front Row: James Snyder, Mickey Lasky, Gretchen Stoloff, Allison Kosik, Susan Twain, Dorian Goff, Frank 
D' Andrea. Row Two: Christie Seibert, Shauna Goldberg, Lisa Jones, Tricia Steadman, Elizabeth Woofin, Karen Kramer. 

NAME: Shannon Ayres Q: What was the most difficult can change it.' 
AGE: 20 thing you've ever encountered Q: How has your job as Eagle 
HOMETOWN: Homestead, FL as Editor in Chief? Editor in Chief changed you? 
MAJOR: Communications "Honestly, it would have to be "It's made me very bitter. People 
Q: Why did you decide you staying up-pulling all-nighters I used to like, I no longer like. 
wanted to be The Eagle Editor on Saturday, then having to I've put on about ten pounds." 
in Chief? come in on Sunday and pull an Q: When people read this book 
"There was no one else running, all-nighter. I'm not used to being 20 years from now, what do you 
I thought I could design it better- a manager. I'm used to being a want them to know about you? 
-improve upon Chris Kain's de- reporter." "After all the pain, loss of sleep, 
sign, which was already good. I Q: What do see as your role as a anger, frustation, falling grades, 
have no wife. And, I have media head on campus? loss of money, and countless 
nothing better to do with my "A lot of people see The Eagle as hours of whining, I still found 
time than to put up with 60 com- a form for change. We try to space in my heart to give a mil- 
plaining people, pull all- change the campus. And that's lion dollars to The Eagle. " 
nighters, skip classes, fail perfectly fine. My theory is that I 
classes..." just try to inform people... they 


Organizations yc213 


psi ch 

(from left to right) Front Row: Sandy 
Thomsen, Jennifer Janusz, Kimberly 
Saintz. Row Two: Gina Gershlak, Greg 
Allen, Mark Johnson, Mark Miller, Bar- 
bara Zuckerman, Sibvl Shalo, K. Lee 

(from left to right) Front Row: Tracy 
Waldeck, Renee Sahadi, Jennifer Miller, 
Kitty Steinko, Jennifer Fleig, Steven 
Woods, Deniz Hamarat. Row Two: 
Cielle Block, Eden Schwartz, Dean 
Charles Tesconi, Juliet Correll, Amanda 
Curley, Chris Lovell, Jennifer Solle, un- 
known, Keeley Rubeski, Virginia Hertz, 
Mary Mahoney, David Sadker, Myra 

kappa alpha pi 

214 ^c Talon '91 

alpha kappa pi 

(from left to right) Front Row: Gregory W. Unfricht, Diana L. 
Tapper, Jennifer Franciosa, Elaina Page. Row Two: Paul AD. 
Szilassy, Marisa Jubis, Joanna Rohm, Libby Felten, Christine 
Burns, Doanh Van, Melissa Rosenstrach. Row Three: M.C. 
Moore, Shawn Allison, Mark A. Boyer, Debra Anastasio, 
Thomas M. Cicotello, Debbie Randell, Laurel A. Cordell, Scott 
Perez, Elizabeth Chu. Row Four: Holly Bowser, Lauren Costello, 
Sylvia Navarro, Jane Leslie Riefenhawser, Amy Allison, Jacqui 
Kelly, Cece Bosley, Bruce Burrows. Row Five: Piya Balwani, 
Ruchira Kansal, Wendy Schaad, Stephanie Vincent, Doug 
Meyer, Sarah DePorter, Sean O'Connor, Ginny Mason. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Peter Angerhofer, Loren Danzis, 
Rita Patel, Lisa Olivieri, Harold Pizzetta, Glen Whitman. Row 
Two: Robert Barmard, Kip Kantelo. 

debate team 

Organizations ^215 


NAME: Laura Pawlowski 
AGE: 23 

HOMETOWN: Newport Beach, 

MAJOR: Political Science 
Q: How has your involvement 
in the Leadership Programs en- 
hanced your leadership skills? 
"This program forces you to put 
the theories and techniques of 
leadership into action, and then 
learn from what works and what 
doesn't work." 

Q: How has being a mentor 
changed your life? 
"Being a mentor hasn't changed 
me so much as it made me more 

aware of what my leadership 
style is, how I like to work with 
and within groups, what my 
strengths and weaknesses are." 
Q: Do you feel that leaders are 
made or born and why? 
"I believe that some people are 
born with instincts toward being 
a leader. But, all leaders can ben- 
efit from going through certain 

Q: Does AU provide an enviro- 
ment condusive to learning, de- 
veloping, and honing leader- 
ship skills? 

"AU provides numerous areas 
for possible development of 

leadership skills: the greek 
system, the SC, RHA, different 
clubs... If AU were going to do 
more, I think the administra- 
tion, faculty, and staff should 
listen more to what the students 
have to say." 

Q: When someone reads this 20 
years from now, what would 
you like them to know about 

"I hope they think of me as 
someone who was committed to 
the programs and organizations 
in which I served, and that I was 
enjoyable to work with." 


(from left fo right) Front Row: Lalaine Estella, Amy Tharaldson, Dawn Slipian, Karen Pendlebury, Vivian Vasello, unknowl 
Row Two: Amy Lambert, Burke Kapplan, Dave, Andrew Barnes, Brian O'Donnell. Row Three: Sujin Kim, Marci Roth, Jer 
Jaquith, Tracy Hart, Kate Thomas, Stephanie Shaffer, Bridget Brandon. 

216 >(c Talon '91 


(from left to right) Front Row: Alaina 
Jenkins, Laura Pawlowski, Guylaine 
Dannos. Row Two: Kevin Shollenber- 
ger, Danny Lopez, Todd St. Vrain, Stu 


from left to right) Front Row: Adena Tuckman, Eumi Kim, Angela Lipscomb, Ashanti Mendis. Row Two: Lisa Schecter, Mary McCullough, Audra Dial, Lynda Gledhill, Jay 
/larino. Row Three: Dan Childs, Jenny Rooney, Eve Houston, Lee Waldrep, Matt Kaiser. 

Organizations yc 217 



(from left to right) Front Row: Daisy Del- 
gado, Lorraine Concepcion, Mary 
Walker. Row Two: John Reed, Ilisa 
Frank, Suzy Burstein, J.V. Sheeran, 
Diane Miller, Rick Stack. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Radoslav Antona, Erin Kelly, Kelly King, Christo- 
pher Kubler, Terence Murphy. 

society for human resource mgt 

218 Y^ Talon '91 

(from left to right) Front Row: Gwynne Hill, Catherine Glocker 
Row Two: Mike Curtis, George Biles, Sarah Snider, Charle: 

accounting club 

(from left to right) Front Row: Paolina 
Fato, Doug Meyer, Peggy Buas, Sandy 
Pollack Row two: Lee Ann Pauder, 
Julie Sandberg, David Terbush, Cindy 
Culbty, Johny Johnson. Row Three: 
DeAnne Srnick, Gregory W. Unfricht, 
Debra Berg, Becky Nilles, Cary Nadel- 
man, Gary Bulmash. 

international business club 

Tom left to right) Front Row: Chet Sutton, Jenni Savage, Seiko Matano. Row Two: Ma^ako Shimizu, 
I O'Hara, Emeline E. Holgado, Stephanie Eminhizer, Tracy Salzman, Tricie Crellin, Mike Diaz, Julien 
roidevaux. Row Three: Professor Richard Linowes, Mark Hart, Nare Irkutzky, Paul Darmory, Pro- 
;ssor Frank Dubois, Timothy J. Southall, Jukga Havia. 

Organizations ^c219 


lutheran student assoc. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Kari 
Odden, Jill Saeger, Luke Zahner. Row 
Two: Derek Gittler, Jill Kuehnert, Paster 
Wegener, Christina Wolbrecht, Becky 
Davis, Anne Ruedisili. 

NAME: Father Brien R. McCarthy 
OCCUPATION: Roman Catholic 
Chaplain, The American University 
BACKGROUND: Hometown- 
Salem, MA, entered a Carmelite 
monastery after eigth grade and re- 
mained a friar until age 30, became 
a priest for the Archdiocese of 

Q: What role does the Catholic 
community play on campus? 
"In the Catholic community, the 
largest participation in any of our 
services is our Catholic mass. About 
500 students go to mass." 
"With Dr. Karin Thorton and 
myself, a lot of time is spent doing 
personal and pastoral counseling of 
students. Counseling may sound 

like it is very directive, but in prac- 
tice, it's really being willing to ac- 
company students on their per- 
sonal journey." 

Q: Do you believe that the uni- 
versity community places enough 
emphasis on the campus minis- 

"I'm very thankful to the adminis- 
tration for the use of the office, tele- 
phones, support staff, and the wor- 
ship space. There are many uni- 
versity ministries that don't have 
the advantage of being right on 
campus and in such a conspicuous 

Q: What role do you feel the Cath- 
olic Student Association plays on 
campus and in D.C.? 

"Generally, the CSA offers support 
and challenge for [students'] faith. I 
can't remember how many various 
charitable and social action programs 
they've been involved in over the 
years... aiding the young and old, 
helping the homeless, and challeng- 
ing people with homes." 
Q: When someone reads this 20 
years from now, what would you 
like them to remember about CSA? 
"That the Catholic community on 
campus was alive and well, and that 
it was still made up of wounded 
people, searching people who be- 
cause of their faith and support of 
each other, found that they could 
create a community which heals 
and is capable of leading." 

220 Y^ Talon '91 

catholic student assoc. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Vivian Vasallo, Carrie Skiba, 
Maureen Gunn, Gabriella Coronado, Father Brien McCarthy, 
Julie Conway, Dr. Karen Thornton, Daisy Delaedo, Donna 
Spicer, Stephanie Wheeler. Row Two: Sherrie Raposa, 
Marisa Jubis, Karen Brunnrager, Lizabeth Keane, Kathi 
Gianni, Zulema Kernandez, Martha Hernandez, Jen Delli- 
gatti, Hoang K. Taing, Todd St. Vrain. Row Three: Debbie 
Byienok, Jerry Berrios, Erin Nolan, Stacey Hurst, Laura 
Liebenauer, Brad Robideau, Ed Zakreski. Row Four: Jennifer 
Nejame, Heidi Wunder, Johnny Donaldson, Diane Jackson, 
Susan Norris, Chip Gianna, Will Ferrargaio, Monica Sosa, 
Lisa Miserandino, Eric Steiner Carlson. Row Five: Don M. 
Balguin, Caroline Donnell, Tony Ahren, Eleane Connelly, 
Walter Hayes, Amy Prezbinduwslu. 

om left to right) Front Row: Mary Cassidy, unknown, Amy Pederson, Ben Lewis. 
)w Two: Jim Nelson, Luke Zahner, Jackie Brooks, Jason Hayes, Margaret Smith. 




Organizations ^C 221 


international student assoc, 

222 ^c Talon '91 


rench connection 

(from left to right) Front Row: Eve 
Houston, Vivian Vasallo. Row Two: Ce- 
cile Lionnet, Gala Dechavanne, Ron 
Baumgarten. Row Three: Jennifer 
Fulton, Colleen Sherin, Karri Pametier. 
Row Four: Laurence Guyot, Anne 
McMillan, Joselind Rosten. 

rman club 

nm left to right) Front Row: Michael Kreeb, Dawn Hockenberry, Claudiq Ortiz, 
pin C. Trauzese. 

Organizations Y^ 223 


irish culture enthusiasts 

(from left to right) Front Row: Julie Con- 
way, Julia Vaughns, Chris Gahm, Amv 
Prez, Patrick Llerena-Cruz, Dawn End- 
ers, Kevin Finney. 

(from left to right) Front Row: Bijan Birgani, Mehrdad Khatibi, Amin _ „ _ 

ow Beh Z ,d,„,» Iranian club 

224 yc Talon '91 

corean student; assoc. 


(from left to right) Front Row: Beril 
Altiner, Mujde Civan, Koray Kotan, 
Aslihan Danisman, Kina Turker, Kristen 
Steingrandt. Row Two: Ridvan Gurbuz, 
Zeynep Sunkor, Adil Kagitcibasi. 

Organizations ^ 225 


kennedy political 


(from left to right) Front Row: Jim Kaplan, Andrew Garlikov, Frank Rose, Christo 
pher Johns, David Henkes, Stu Nolan. 


(from left to right) Front Row: Carolyn Campbell, Keri 
Cooper, Catherine Alexander, Amy Lampert. Row Two: un- 
known, Laura Ashley, Sharon Lindsey, Sara Miller, Dan 
Villanueva, Christina Alexiou, Karen Klunk. 


(from left to right) Front Row: Alaina 
Jenkins, Karl Ruppert, Eumi Kim, Mary 
McCullough, Tricia Corto, Judy Gusz- 
kowski, Scott Lerman, Chris Kokinos, 
Jen Mitchelle, Libby Denning, Julie 
Fraize. Row Two: Lisa Wright, Michelle 
Limbardo, Katania Castaneda, Elizabeth 
Fargey, Keri Cooper, Adam Tsao, 
Michael Leshnower, David Brody, Su- 
san Richardson, Eden Schwartz, Elissa 
Goode. Row Three: Tracy Kronowitz, 
Deborah Bylenok, Katherine Alexander, 
Stephanie Schechter, Jen Dikun, Amy 
Miller, Son-Min Kim, Susan Snyder, 
Todd Johannessen, Alexandria Abra- 
ham, Joell Wallen, Ginnv Mason, La- 
laine Estella, Ilisa Frank. Row Four: 
Debbi Levin, Katie Soderman, Anita 
Wuellner, Anne Taylor, Michele Certo, 
Susan Popowitz. Row Five: Johanna 
Zucaro, Charlotte Masiello, J. Martin 
Tansey, Rob Bone, Lia Macko, Michelle 
Debbas, Brian Lipman, Jon Waldbaum, 
Suzanne Smith, Juliana Gaetano, Pam 
Fell, Ari Brandy, Kim Johnson, Terry 
Schlan'g. Row Six: Sharon Lindsey, 
Dave Baron, Anthony Clay, Rudy Ha- 
besch, Mark Zaineddin, Tess Mahan, 
Amy Prezbindowski, Kristi Flynn, Kim 
Stein, Elizabeth Graham, Rebecha 
Cochran. Row Seven: Meg Suginhara, 
Ed Zakreski, Patrick Zinna, Edmond 
Young, Erin Fuller, Glenn Jaspen, Eric 
Elia, James Esselman. 

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(from left to right) Front Row: Erin Full- 
er, Jennifer Hanlon, Jennifer Myhre. 
Row Two: Christopher Keefe, Jennifer 
Poirier, Rashad Wareh, Thomas Burt, 
Kathy Morrison, Holly Thro, Margaret 

Organizations ^ 227 


habitat for humanity 

(from left to right) Front Row: Pete Morgan, Amy Miller, Jason Hicks, Dave Ward, 
Julie Sampson, Jennifer Dickman, Marv Cassidy, Amy Lang, Staci Sievert, Chris 
Gahm, Hannah Wolken. Row Two: Heidi Zeigler, Tracy Fauver, Patty Conway, 
Michelle Chanowski, Judy Pearle, Jean Kalata, Lisa Zeiher, Anna Mulrine, Cathy 
Heinhold, Patty Moss, Lisa Schillo. Row Three: Julia Vaughns, Amy Spokes, Stavra 
Kyriakakis, Carlos J. Antico, Kate Thomas, Todd Newburge, Karen Kauffman, Ulana 
Kuropeckvj, Nigel Skrzypek, Patrick Llena-Cruz. Row Four: Julie Conway, Heather 
Holt, Kate Hochberg, Amy Pezzicara, Pat Doherty. 


228 >^ Talon '91 

(from left to right) Front Row: Eumi Kim, Son Min Kim, Rita Patel. Row Two: Jessie 
Revitch, Christine Schoessler, Debbie Bylenok, Genevieve Sapir, Carrie Skiba. Rov 
Three: Joe Cannavo, J. Martin Tansey, Chad Alden, Jennifer Jaquith. 


(from left to right) Front Row: John Levy, Dave Saigon, Ben 
Millstein, Swede Nordstrom, Collin Stevens, Chris Middle- 
stat, Danny Hunter, Dave Lovely, Andrew Becker, Keith 
Mitchell, John Wieniewski, Tom Brose. Row Two: Jason 
Atwood, unknown, Andrew Kotchman, Dave Oulette, 
James P. Stevens, Rick Werner, Mike Clow, Alec Kushnir, 
unknown, Donnie Lisco, John McCambridge, Karim Sylla, 
Tony D'Ambrosio, Chris Riggs, Mike Rampton, Rick Lawlor, 
Fred Chipperfield, Coach Gerry Fallon. 


(from left to right) Front Row: Drew 
Hambly, Doug Jones. Row Two: Josh 
Chin, Matt Butler, Patrick Doherty, Eric 
Goldschimdt. Row Three: Coach Kevin 
Kirk, Sean Bulson, Marcie Avillez, Kevin 
Rojec, Patrick Kealy, Greg Van Voorhis, 
Don Collier, Steven Bozzo. 

NAME: Debbi Levin 
AGE: 20 

HOMETOWN: Penn Valley, PA 
MAJOR: Communications/ 

Q: Why did you decide to be- 
come an Orientation Assistant? 
"When I was a freshman, I felt 
absolutely overwhelmed by AU. 
I thought I'd never be able to 
survive my first year. When I 
talked to the OAs, however, 
they made me feel a lot better. I 
wanted to be able to help new 
students adjust and feel more 
comfortable with AU. It is im- 
portant that new students know 

there is someone to talk to who 
understands what they're going 

Q: What is the most rewarding 
experience you've ever had as 
an Orientation Assistant? 
"I was in the lounge making 
coffee before going out to help 
with the day's events. A new 
student's father walked in, look- 
ing exhausted, so I offered him 
some coffee. He told me about 
his childhood and about the 
worries he had concerning his 
son and his transition to AU. We 
talked for a long time, and I 
think I helped make him feel 

more comfortable about the fact 
that his son was at college." 
Q: Do you believe that Orienta- 
tion really helps new students 
adjust to AU? 

"I think it depends on the indi- 
vidual. For some people, Orien- 
tation is the best, most helpful 
experience. For others, it can be 
annoying and useless. I think 
the programs need to be 
planned very carefully so that 
they can appeal to the greatest 
number of people." 

Organizations yc229 


au singers 

(from left to right) Front Row: Virginia 
Gabriez, Valerie Pelligrino, Evie Abat. 
Row Two: Pardiese Klauss, Patrick 
Studdard, Michele Certo, Megan 
McLaughlin, Ginny Mason. Row Three: 
Stephanie Fullen, Timothy R. O'Brien, 
Rio Guerrero, T. Christophre Woods, 
Shawn A. Willman, Gary King, Beth 
Green. Row Four: Jonna Barrett, Jason 
Hays, Beth Loots, Jay Burke, Lara Piatt, 
Matthew Roy, Gregory Dodds. 

au chorale 

(from left to right) Front Row: Pardiese Klauss, Sarah DePorter, John Kopezynski, Howard Carl Davis, Virgini] 
Gabriel, T. Christophre Woods, Dana Stern, Valerie Pelligrino. Row Two: Suzanne Camporde, Gillian Harrison 
Jenny Rooney, John Armstrong, Shawn A. Hillman, Jamillah Echeverria, Eumi Kim, Caroline Donnelly, Jill Antal 
Row Three: Jennifer A. Nejame, Danielle N. Schultz, John F. Schultz, Scott Greenspan, Susan Howell, Jeff Katz; 
Holly Thro, Lisa Krainski, Evie Abat. Row Four: Michelle Palmer, Barbara Jehle, Carlos Sanchez, David DiCarlo] 
John Hancock, Jim Nickerson, Anne McMillan, Ginger Eckert. 

230 >^C Talon '91 

&u players 

(from left to right) Front Row: Samantha Keyes, Alex Korp, Tricia McCauley, 
Gregory Dodds, Jennifer Abrosino, Greg Allen, Krista Stella. Row Two: Jennifer Low 
Sauer, Ed Zakreski, Cindy Belcher, Lynn M. Filusch. Row Three: David Gillich, Eric 
Sternen Carlson, Anne McMillan, Molly Loughlin. 

au gospel 

(from left to right) Front Row: Ramelda Omeir, 
Persephone Meacham. Row Two: Theresa 
Silver, Tumara Jordan. Row Three: Nicole 
Pyles, Nicole S. Dumangane. Row Four: La- 
Tanya Smith, Bridget Brandon, Evette Davis. 

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The Interfraternity 
Council dedicated 
1990-1991 to developing a 
sense of community 
among fraternities in rela- 
tion to themselves, the 
Greek system, and The 
American University as a 
whole. Our greatest 
advancement toward this 
goal was our work with the 
General Assembly. The 
student body voted to give 
IFC a voice within this 

Another important aspect 
of our program was de- 
voted to fraternity rush. A 
new IFC Rush Day was 

programmed to encourage 
incoming students to par- 
ticipate in rush and learn 
about the Greek system. 
Also, a rush booklet was 
designed to inform 
students that each frater- 
nity as well as the entire 
Greek system had some- 
thing special to offer them. 
We were eager for The 
American University fra- 
ternities as well as the IFC 
to grow stronger. With the 
work that was accom- 
plished in the past year, we 
knew that it would. vjr. 
-M. Glassman **^ 

Brian Lekrone 
Greek Advisor 

Q: Why did you decide to come 
to The American University? 

"I think that being a Political Sci- 
ence and History major has al- 
ways been brought up. It's kind 
of a natural migration. I love the 
D.C. area. But, with AU, I think 
that AU's reputation was good, 
and upon investigation of the 
Greek system here, I found it 

was a challenge. I like chal- 
Q: Do you believe the Greek or- 
ganizations on campus contrib- 
ute significantly to the com- 
"Yes. I think thev do contribute. 
I think that they have a lot more 
to contribute. One of the big 
things that was mentioned to me 
was that the Greeks are their 
own separate community. In 
one year, it has not become 

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great, but it's improved. They 
give people a social outlet and 
perform community service. For 
freshman, it can seem a home 
away from home." 
Change in the Greek system 
comes with each new group of 
rushees. You hope that people 

Q: What is your philosophy as 
an administative leader? 
"Accountability and respon- 
sibility. I think that if the con- 
stitution says 18 year olds are 
adults... I believe that. As adults, 
we are accountable and respon- 
sible for our actions. I'm also a 
believer in the primary reason 
we are here. Faculty and staff are 
both here to educate. We're pre- 
paring students for life." 
Q: Will the Greek system sur- 
vive on campus? 
"Nationally, Greeks are under a 
lot of bad press. So, while mem- 
bership is up, this is not a great 
time to be a Greek. 1 think we 

have it a little better here at The 
American University, but we 
have to change. We have to 
realize that society has changed. 
It's time for Greek organizations 
to live up to the reasons they 
were founded. They were 
founded to help develop a more 
well-rounded person." 
"The service fraternities and so- 
rorities basically are still as close 
to their founding principle as 
any organization in the nation. 
It's time for the social or- 
ganizations to do the same." 
Q: What future plans are in 
store for Greeks and the Greek 

"We're talking about a recon- 
struction. The first plan is to 
work with the Greeks, setting 
goals for their chapters, for the 
system, and for the community. 
There is going to be more of a 
push for programming from 
IFC, Panhellenic, and Pan- 

The Panhellenic Asso- 
ciation oversaw six of 
the sororities on campus 
and helped them to work 
together. The ideology be- 
hind the association was 
"cooperation, not competi- 
tion", and this was pro- 
moted through various ac- 

Panhellenic was in charge 
of rush, allowing for a fair 
system of mutual selection 
between the rushees and 
the sororities. The group 
also aided in the coordina- 
tion of Greek Week, pro- 

vided senior receptions for 
all sorority members, and 
participated in their own 
philanthropy with the Pan- 
hellenic Can Drive. 
The Panhellenic Associa- 
tion acted as a liason be- 
tween the individual sis- 
terhoods so that Greek ac- 
tivities could be coordinat- 
ed. While Greek women all 
belonged to different so- 
rorities, they united as 
members of the Pan- 
hellenic Association. ^ 
-H. Underwood 

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!i Omega 

(from left to right) Front Row: Gina Digioia, Stacey Moore, Michele Miller, Ziva Starr, Christine N. Speth, 
Andrea Williams, Lisa Jones, Shannon McLaughin, Christine M. Sesok, Ann-Louise Tisdale. Row Two: Eliz- 
abeth Van Rossen, Millicent Trevett, Cathy Ware, Richele Bazile, Liz Bernstein, Anne Keleher, Stephanie 
Schechter, Carrie Husband, Louisiana P., Debbie Goss. Row Three: Michele Sullivan, Katie Bannar, Jennie 
Fennell, Dotrie Troehler, Stacie McCoy, Anita Wuellner, Heather A. Tatton, Lisa Ann Molloy, Lauren Kaye 
Cohen, Claudine P. Ruiz, Anne Marie Gatz, Jaycee Pribulsky. Row Four: Shruti Desai, Sara Mayewski, Stacie 
Shaffer, Carey Fauersham, Elinor Leary, Melissa Glass, Jen Procopio, Stacy McBrayer, Amy Clark, Jennifer 
Crossley, Suzanne Stackhouse, Constance Kaplan, Brigit Shumate. 

Alpha Chi Omega encourages each 
member to ask herself, "Am I the 
best that I can be?" and follow our open 
motto: "Together let us seek the 
heights." With 110 sisters on The 
American University campus, these sis- 
ters were involved in everything from 
cheerleading to Conduct Council. 

Alpha Chi Omega's main philan- 
thropy was aiding the Alpha Chi Omega 
Foundation. The foundation helped to 
provide increased scholastic achieve- 
ment, especially in the fine arts. In addi- 

tion, members of the sorority performed 
volunteer work to benefit children who 
have cystic fibrosis. 

For the past three years, Alpha Chi 
Omega received a scholarship award for 
being the AU chapter with the highest 
grade point average. 

In short, the sisters belonging to 
Alpha Chi Omega at AU always strove 
for excellence and found many happy 
memories in the time spent with their 

-Alpha Chi Omega 5jC 

240 >fc Talon '91 

Colors: Red and 

Symbol: Lyre 
Flower: Red Carna- 

Colors: Green and 


Symbol: Columns 

Flower: Lily 

(from left to righOFront Row: Jeri Beth Rothe, Jaimie Altman, Lacy Berrington, Alissa Levine, Jackie Sands, 
Allison Schreiber, Beth Karawan, Judi Silver, Jen Cousin, Mandi Lemmer, Debbie Beran, Jill Palkovitz, Angela 
M. Prestia, Erin Rothstein, Sarah Bushey. Row Two: Susan Newmark, Lori Feuerstein, Jennifer M. Ingarra, 
Stacey B. Perkal, Cari E. Deary, Kim Harrison, Dara Fishman, Lauren M. Alperin, llyssa F. Schwartz, Rebecca 
Goldman, Jessica Weinstein, Amy Schachtman, Kate Hanaway, Lauren Flegel, Amy Stein. Row Three: Landes- 
man, Heather Newberg, Jaime Margolies, Michelle Lamdanski, Beth Stoler, Jen Stern, Tracy Epstein, Dee Dee 
Barbasetti, Stacey Bielick, Hope Meyer, Jennifer Lippmann, Natalie Begin, Cathy Clarkin, Cecily Knobler. Row 
Four: Hilane Viener, Michelle Limbardo, Carolyn Hipolito, Jennifer L. O'Neill, Caroline Wood, Teresa Toto, 
Michele Karpf, Gail Birnbaum, Staci Toll, Melissa Kranz, Felicia Feinberg, Laynee Toll, Heather Underwood, 
Tracy Czaskowski. 









Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority was 
founded October 24, 1909, at Bar- 
nard College in New York. The seven 
women who began Alpha Epsilon Phi 
wished to establish an organization that 
promoted the growth of its members 
emotionally, intellectually, and socially. 
Our colors of green and white, our 
flower, the lily of the valley, and our pin 
of pearls are the legacy left to members of 
Alpha Epsilon Phi. 

Alpha Epsilon Phi was an organiza- 
tion founded on high ideals. The Epsilon 
Theta chapter at The American Uni- 
versity strove to uphold these standards 
and ideals by being an active force on 
campus. Our group and individual influ- 
ence was seen in all aspects of student 
life, from student government to the- 
ater, as well as in many academic honor 

-Alpha Epsilon Phi 7%? 

Greeks >(c 241 

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Colors: Salmon Pink 
and Green 
Symbol: Ivy 

(from left to right) Front Row: LaTanya Smith, Tracy E. Ashby, Alicia C. Morgan, Kelli Kearney, Dionne 
Johnson. Row Two: Kia Ore, Carla D. Scott, Kisha D. Bowser, Yvonne Styer, Dorothy Jones, Tanaia White. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 
the oldest Greek-letter organization 
established by black college women, was 
founded on January 15, 1908, by 16 
students at Howard University. 

The Lambda Zeta Chapter of Alpha 
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded 
at The American University February 26, 
1977, by 19 young women. Lambda 
Zeta, in keeping with the chief aim of the 
sorority — service to all mankind — 
reaches out to the District of Columbia 
and surrounding areas. 

Some of Lambda Zeta's areas of ser- 

vice have been: D.C. General (border 
babies' and children's wards), Anchor 
Club, Capitol City Food Bank, blood 
drives, Pitch- A-Penny for the Homeless, 
Washington Nursing Home, UNCF, 
African Village Fund, Liberian Relief 
Fund, and the United Way. 

Lambda Zeta had also held forums on 
affirmative action, race relations, Greek 
affairs, and a special Prejudice Reduc- 
tion Workshop to help establish unity 
and understanding among AU stu- 
dents. ., 
— Alpha Kappa Alpha 7v" 

242 y^ Talon '91 

Colors: Cardinal and Stone 
Symbol: Phoenix 
Flower: Talisman Rose 

(from left to right) Front Row: Jayson Levich, Kurt Wygant, Eric Perrelli, Matt Cohen, Tony Stanzo, Noah 
Levine. Row Two: Eric Nordstrom, Matt Butler, Rob Winnick, Matt Oldroyd, Michael Iacurci, Andrew Bokar, 
Jeff Bunker, Paul Nelson, Jonathan Day Row Three: Richard Wilf, Asim Raza, Andrew Goldberg, Jimmy 
Rosinsky, Michael Kushner, Chris Wynne, Brad Huenefeld, DrewNaukam. Row Four: Joshua King, Eric Green, 
Ed Ramos, Danny Hunter, Matthew Kaiser, Pat Casey, Neil Hochmann. Row Five: Jarrick Groves, Chad Sny- 
der, Alfie Wilkes, Brett Chelf. Row Six: Steve Belli, Peter Shoff, Joe Watson, Norman Driver, Britt Morgon, Jeff 
Morgon, Michael Weinstein, Horace Spangler Wiser, Paul Sayaugh, Eric Butler, Joe Preston, -Steve Gaenzler, 
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au Omega 

Colors: Blue and Gold 

Symbol: Maltese Cross 

Lady Tau Bear 

Flower: White Tea Rose 

(from left to right) Front Row: Mike Lavelle, Ian Pringle, Jorge Arabia, Chuck Daly, Mascot Lady Tau Bear. Row 
Two: Jon Montagna, Bake McBride, Harry Goett, Eric Sang-rock Sohn, Nicholas Brashich, Paul N. Carahello. 
Row Three: Chad Henderson, Thomas Gray, Sean Agamov, Brian Mooney, Dan S. Hunt, Ed Wilbur, Matt 
DeVries, Eric Ziegler. Row Four: Rick Kronberg, Fausto Rodriguez, Duane Deskevich, Matt Morris, Michael 
Block, Oliver Vallejo, Kirk Heath, Ky Hegge. Row Five: Jeff Neale, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Lewis, Russ Grimm, Eric 
Dvson, Mark Pruckner, Scott Latshaw. 

Alpha Tau Omega was originally 
founded September 11, 1865, to heal 
the wounds of a nation torn apart by the 
Civil War. 

This past year, Alpha Tau Omega 
celebrated its 125th Anniversary. Na- 
tionally, we had over 168 chapters or 
colonies and over 150,000 active mem- 

The American University chapter was 
founded in 1943, and the fraterity house 
was completed in 1957. The university 
will reclaim the fraternity house at the 
end of Fall semester, 1991. 

We, the Epsilon Iota Chapter, were 
very proud and honored to be named 
best chapter in the country when we 
won the 1990 True Merit Award. We 

hoped to maintain this level of excellence 
for many years to come. 

Some local traditions we kept were our 
formal, at which we elect our Sweet- 
heart; our semi-formal at the Touch 
Down Club; philanthropic events at local 
charities; Thanksgiving Dinner; and our 
mascot, Lady Tau Bear, everyone's fa- 
vorite friend. 

Awards we had won include: 1990 
Greek Week with Sigma Delta Tau, 1990 
Greek Man of the Year, 1990 Best Alumni 
Relations Program, 1989 Provost Cup for 
the Best Fraternity Chapter, 1989-90 In- 
door/Outdoor Intramural Soccer 
Champs, and 1990 Intramural Doubles 
Tennis Champs. 

-Alpha Tau Omega "7t* 

244 ^ Talon '91 

Colors: Bronze, Pink and 


Symbol: Anchor 

Flower: Cream Rose 

(from left to right) Front Row: Veronica Graham, Sara Perez, Jill Cook, Nicole Ingenito, Nicole Robilotto, Betsy 
Fischer, Rowena Rotolo, Meredity Granetz, Suzanne Himmelbert, Amy Miller, Karen Kirincich, Marcie Metz- 
ger, Sharyn Ben-Zvi. Row Two: Katie Hines, Lisa Jacobs, Rebecca Case, Jeanine Grillo, Christie Fields, Linda 
Perez, Kathy Loy, Karina Szustwal, Elizabeth Tharp, Cindy Ahrens, Tracy White, Susan Nicole Onuska. Row 
Three: Audra Dial, Laura Small, Michelle Gomez, Maile Rasco, Cheryl Anderson, Carrie Hagin, Risa K. Shope, 
Jennie Herman, Valerie Merahn, Jennie Goldsmith, Alisa Siebeneck, Veronica Martinek, Liesel Simmons, Sara 
Slamick. Row Four: Julie Crawford, Dana Norvell, Jennifer Navabi, Leslie Middleman, Janine Renee Lee, Megan 
Wiechert, Amy Johnson, Bryce Hoflund, Tina Henoch, Kim Cummings, Catherine Glocker, Lynn Rae Bowen, 
Amy Tharaldson, Sandra Alfaro. 

The Beta Epsilon Chapter of Delta 
Gamma was established at The 
American University on March 21, 1936. 
It was the second oldest sorority on 
campus. Since 1987, this chapter had 
doubled its size with each consecutive 
pledge class and now prides itself with 
almost 100 members. 
Delta Gammas were involved in many 
campus activities including student gov- 
ernment organizations, dance groups, 
honor societies, and volunteer or- 


Delta Gamma's national philanthropy is 
Sight Conservation and Aid to the Blind. 
The sisters read for the blind and proc- 
tored exams for blind students on 
campus. They also raised money for 
their philanthropy through the Beautiful 
Eyes Contest and the Walk for Sight. 
In 1990, Delta Gamma won the Provost's 
Cup and a Delta Gamma sister became 
the 1990-1991 Homecoming Queen. -. 
-Delta Gamma T? 

Greeks yc 245 

r ma Theta 

Colors: Red and Black 
Symbol: Elephant 

(from left to right): Barbara Milam, Linda Lawson, Natasha Osborne, Bernadette Boozer, Bronte Jones, Alicia 
Jones, Melanie Cooke. 

On January 13, 1913, on the campus 
of Howard University, 22 young 
women dared to make a difference in 
society. They founded the first public 
service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta So- 
rority, Inc.. 

United by Christian beliefs and the pur- 
suit of academic excellence, our illus- 
trious founders created additional goals 
for sorority life through service and com- 
munity-oriented activities. 
In its seven decades of existence, Delta 
Sigma Theta increased its numbers to 
over 125,000, with membership stretch- 
ing all around the globe. The services of 
its many dedicated members worked to- 
ward the improvement of the human 

Following the insight and visions of our 
founders, twelve dedicated women at 



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The American University chartered the 
Nu Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta 
Sorority, Inc., on April 22, 1976. As the 
first black Greek organization to join The 
American University fraternal com- 
munity, our chapter set high goals for 
ourselves as individuals, as well as for 
the services we provided to others. Ac- 
cordingly, our chapter received nu- 
merous commendations for having the 
highest academic grade point averages 
of other fraternities and sororities and 
for the greatest contribution in the area 
of public service. 

The ladies of Nu Alpha Chapter on The 
American University campus cordially 
invited everyone to come learn about 
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., the sorority to 
which we have committed our lives. 

-Delta Sigma Theta "7r 

Colors: Purple and Gold 
Symbol: Crescent 
Flower: Purple Iris 

(from left to right) Front Row: Keith Joseph Mitchell, Kevin Levey, Scott Greenspan, William H. Mann III, James 
Steele, Chuck E. Negrea, Roger K. Beard, Patrick Cusack. Row Two: Daniel Villanueva, Joshua Jesse Robert 
Gessler, Todd Wood, Mark Donnelly, James Leavitt, Marc Berlin, Bill Kassay, Dominic Locascio. Row Three: 
Bruce Knight, Brad Robideau, Robb O'Brien, Gregory Conko, James L. Kaplan, M. Derek Klein, Evan Jones, 
Andrew Grutkowski, Matthew Padula. Row Four: Richard Harper, David Paul, Anthony LaMantia, Garth 
Kidman, Jim Martin, David Henkes, Gregory Mullen. 



elta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 
at Bethany College in Bethany, Vir- 

With the onset of the Civil War in 1861, 
the members of the fraternity were re- 
quired to leave school and join the Con- 
federate forces. In order for Delta Tau 
Delta to survive, they convinced two 
men from Jefferson College to trek to 
Bethany to be initiated. From these 
rather inauspicious beginnings, Delta 
Tau Delta has grown into one of the larg- 
est and most respected fraternities in the 
nation, with 122 chapters in 43 States 
and Canada. 

October 20, 1990 marked the culmina- 
tion of a long struggle for Delta Tau Delta 

on The American University campus. 
Our group was finally installed as Theta 
Epsilon Chapter after having been a 
Colony since 1986. The Colony was 
formed on the tenets of interaction. As 
part of the final tenet, our colony 
pledged that hazing in any form would 
not be tolerable. 

Theta Epsilon's members are campus 
leaders in several areas, most notably in 
the General Assembly, in which Delt is 
the largest single voting block on 
campus. Delts are also participants in 
several varsity teams as well as in other 
campus organizations. 

-Delta Tau Delta jjc 

Greeks \^247 

(from left to right) Front Row: Dave Rynecki, L. Mark DeAngelis, Jeff Raup, Brian Silbert, Greg Unfricht, Scott 
Persky, Andrew Lachman, Mike Light. Row Two: Geoff Hymans, Dane Grams, Mike Galano, Michael 
Weinberg, Steve Goldstein, Bromley Lowe, Steve Sackstein, Jay Krasnow. Row Three: John Polmar, Jeff Katz, 
Joshua Hill-Richardson, Ben Furmanaik, Edmond Young, Shawn Grady, Jon Ginsburg, Mauricio Fraga, Jeff 
Tanael. Row Four: Joel Fisher, Harrison Montgomery, Mike Bellamy, Harry Jaffe, Dave Schrader, Kevin West- 
rich, John Burleigh, Mike Brennan, Rich Werner. 

Colors: Red and Buff 
Flower: White Carnation 

7n the fall of 1990, the Delta Chi Fra- 
ternity became a colony at The 
American University. Sixty-one men de- 
cided that they wanted to break new 
ground and be its founding fathers. 
Delta Chi was originally founded as a 
legal fraternity in 1890. It became a gen- 
eral fraternity in 1922. As a result of this, 
it expanded nationally. 
The American University Delta Chi 
Colony made amazing strides in a short 
time. It was the second largest fraternity 

on campus and continued growing. 
Spring rush was highly successful, and 
in January, Delta Chi won the coveted 
Homecoming Spirit Stick. 
Although as a colony, Delta Chi was new 
to The American University greek com- 
munity, its national history covered over 
100 years. The honored traditions that 
had made it great, continued on this 
campus. Within another year, Delta Chi 
will work to obtain its charter. i y i 

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Colors: Black and Old Gold 
Symbol: Sphinx of Giza 
Flower: Yellow Rose 



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The Kappa Chi Chapter of Kappa 
Alpha Psi Fraternity began as an in- 
terest group in 1979 when Brother 
Robert Bailey transferred to The 
American University. After an expres- 
sion of interest by fourteen young men, 
eleven successfully pledged and were 
initiated into the bond of Kappa Alpha 
Psi on December 6, 1980. These men 
composed the Kappa Colony at The 
American University until September 
12, 1981 when they were given the Greek 
letters KX and were officially recognized 
as an active chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. 
Those eleven Founders were Brothers: 
A. Andre Price, Bennett Baker, Darryl 

Stowe, Eric Holmes, Derek McGinty, 
Thornton Ellerbe, David Jones, Andre 
Lynch, Reginald Childs, Steven Tillett, 
and A. Donald McEachin. 
Kappa Chi was composed of a unique 
mixture of students from four uni- 
versities: The American University, 
Catholic University, Georgetown Uni- 
versity, and George Washington Uni- 
versity. The quality of education at these 
institutions bore witness to the quality of 
the brothers. All exemplified the prin- 
ciple quality of a KAPPAMAN - achieve- 
ment. ., 
-Kappa Alpha Psi vv 

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Colors: Rose and White 
Symbol: Lion 
Flower: Enchantress Car- 

(from left to right) Front Row: Heather Reilly, Carrie Genzlinger, Gwen Resnick, Ticia Gerber, Amy Frankart, 
Jeanette Mesite, Kim Fieschko, Tanya Drewniak, Jenifer Gottschall. Row Two: Kimberly Sugg, Jennifer Janusz, 
Joselyn Ramirez, Lisa Berkun, Margot Barnert, Laura Pawlowski, Rebecca Simon, Despina Marousis, Jenni 
Grezlak, Kelly Haglund. Row Three: Caitlin Corbett, Johnnay Donaldson, Melissa Bailin, Anne Russell, Sharon 
Duke, Cecelia Welch, Ann Hess, Patricia Short, Danielle Comeau, Joan Taglienti. Row Four: Sharon Lamoreau, 
Ruth Jeffers, Jennifer Edwards, Lisa Schillo, Lisa DeFelice, Alaina Jenkins, Kat Grooms, Kristen Johnson, Kim- 
berly Grunett, Julie Norton. 

On March 4, 1852, at Wesleyan Col- 
lege in Macon, Georgia, a group of 
women came together to found an or- 
ganization known as the Philomaithean 
Society. The three founders, Mary Ann 
DuPont Lines, Martha Bibb Hardaway 
Redding, and Mary Elizabeth Myrick 
Daniel created a tradition which lasted 
for over a century. The Philomaithean 
Society, on August 1, 1904, became Phi 
Mu Fraternity for women. Phi Mu was 
the second oldest women's fraternity, 
and since its founding, had spread 
across the world. 

Phi Mu had been an advocate of children 
and health care since its inception. Its 
two national philanthropies were 
Children's Miracle Network Telethon, 

and Project Hope. 

On November 19, 1933, Phi Mu became 
the first sorority on The American Uni- 
versity campus. During its 57 years at 
The American University, it adopted 
D.C. Children's Hospital as its local phi- 
lanthropy, went pumpkin caroling in 
children's wings of various hospitals, 
and took less fortunate children Christ- 
mas shopping. 

This year the women of Phi Mu frater- 
nity were extremely busy with mixers, 
sorority teas, philanthropic activities, 
and formals. We, the women of Phi Mu 
were proud to be a part of The American 
University tradition and are excited for 
our plans for the future. vT. 

-Phi Mu T* 

250 ^ Talon '91 

Colors: Magenta and Silver 
Symbols: Triple Tees and 
"Charlie" the Owl 
Flowers: White Tea Rose 
and Red Carnation 

(from left to right) Front Row: Lawrence Tellor, Greg James, Mark Poduje, Mike Winscow. Row Two: Jay 
Kahan, T.R. Alviani, Brett Lonker, Andrew Hennig, Jeffery Greenman, Christopher Browne, Scott Furst, Tim 
Lawrence, Rick Troost, Srrat Cavros. Row Three: Coleman Hutchins, Tommy Phillips, Mike DiCarlo, Joel 
Kortick, Amyn Mirza, Jeff Case, Keith Statfeld, Eric Rick, Joel Sperling, Brad Rolfs, Eric Boardman, Jon Nauhaus, 
Gregg Cooper, Theron Thilenius, Alex Cordier, Gregg Cooper, Dean Levitan, Patrick Allegra, Jason Sesholtz. 

The brothers of the Triple T's had a 
proud past, deeply rooted in tradi- 
tion. They looked forward to their con- 
tinued success as a premiere fraternity at 
The American University. 
Originally founded in 1929 as an inde- 
pendent chapter, Phi Beta Zeta, the fra- 
ternity was chartered by Phi Sigma 
Kappa in 1936. Their brick house on 
campus was built in 1969 by Sid Butter- 
field, who owned a construction com- 
pany, with the undaunted help of an- 
other alumni Richard "The Dicker" 
Taylor. Dick was still around. He visited 
the house at least once a week to check 
up on things and make sure the Phi Sigs 
were behaving, or at least were not get- 
ting caught when they didn't. 

As last year's "Best Chapter" and "Best 
Philanthropic Chapter" within the greek 
community, the brothers once again 
demonstrated their commitment to- 
wards their cardinal principles— to pro- 
mote brotherhood, to stimulate scholar- 
ship, and to develop character. 
Phi Sigma Kappa gave her members the 
best college experience American 
offered. One was reminded of their love 
and friendship each time they sang their 
chapter song, the middle part of which 
went, "... to the joys of golden mem- 
ories which we as brothers share, to the 
friendships that will never die, to pals of 
college days, though we drift apart, 
we're one at heart, we're Phi Sigs all the 
way." Who Da Best? Phi Sig! 

-Phi Sigma Kappa *fi 

Greeks ^251 


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(from left to right) Front Row: Katherine Boulton, Cynthia Coghan, Michele Benedetto, Kristen Smith, Rachel 
Diamond, Laurie Abrams, Knshne Schmittler, Vicky Lyn Hansel, Brianna Beeley, Mindy Stein, Sharon Kalen- 
der, Lori Blumenfeld, Lauren Saxonhouse, Deniz Hamarat. Row Two: Deborah Lipskv, Melissa Kravetzky, 
Karen Abraham, Susan Phillips, Dana Ferrera, Sandy Stockier, Michelle McKay, Michelle Whitman, Annika 
Korling, Rosanna Levine, Deborah Parkerson, Gina Gershlak, Stacey Kaplan, Cindy Gilbride. Row Three: 
Heather Currier, Eileen McMenamin, Dawn Kirby, Robin LeBlanc, Donna Corbv, Cindy Cesare, Dana Brown, 
Deedee Persam, Heidi Boorstein, Ali Hace, Alona Elkayam, Gwen Campbell, Vanessa Goldschneider, Marnie 
Taylor. Row Four: Lisa Zucker, Jessica Sandler, Carley Teplon, Jennifer Srutz, Suzy Bass, Lori Shalotsky, Alex- 
andra Gordon, Darrian Zaslowe, Michelle Bucklv, Jill Goldstein, Andie Groves, Michele McDonald, Cori 
Shevchik, Gabrielld Tiep-Daniels, Lisa LeBlanc, Sheryl Hecht, Kelly Ribman, Marsha Turbovskv, Shellev Strick- 
ler, Tracy Wetherill, Fabienne Rodet, Jeana Scheirer, Mary Lou Van Neste, Aimee Teplinskv, Olga Matsoukas. 

Ten women joined together in No- 
vember of 1913 at Hunter College, 
Manhattan, to establish Phi Sigma 
Sigma. The American University chapter 
was originally established in 1962, and 
was recolinized in 1983 after temporarily 
dispanding in the 1970's. 
Phi Sigma Sigma was a place where all 
sisters could show their diversity and 
their unity. And, because of the diver- 
sity, the women joined together to form 
a tight bond of closeness. 
The Phi Sig chapter was awarded the 

Best Chapter of the Year in 1990 by AU's 
Panhellenic Association. They also re- 
ceived an award for raising the most 
money out of all Phi Sig chapters across 
the U.S. for the National Kidney Foun- 

Becoming part of a Greek organization 
can be an enhancing part of college life. 
We found this to be true in the Phi Sigma 
Sigma sorority, because our friendships 
last forever. "Once a Phi Sigma Sigma, 
always a Phi Sigma Sigma." 

-Phi Sigma Sigma ifc 

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Colors: King Bl 

ue and 

Symbol: Sphinx 
Flower: American 


Colors: Purple and White 
Symbol: Yosemite Sam 
Flower: Purple Aster 

(from left to right) Front Row: Joey Gordon, Phil Amsellem, Mare Scherer, Joshua Berezin, Patrick Mancino, 
Craig Markowitz, Jeffrey M. Tockman, Andrew Meranus, Ira Greenspan, Simon Nadler, John Gerringer, Mike 
Tschida, Howard Popkin, Joshua Kolchins, Michael L. Chasen, Toby Jacobsen. Row Two: Craig M. Miller, Ari 
Goldberg, Jeff Green, Ross Elgart, Steven Barbour, Marc Jackson, Ken Marvin, Jon Cutler, Matteo Catiso, Joel 
Abbo, Dave Bauman, Seth Kaplan, Rich Rosen, Jon Gold, Greg Alexander, Jesse Bergerweed, Jay Young. Row 
Three: David A. Blansky, David Meyers, Brad Ewy, Len Davis, Peter Salenger, Craig Spodak, Stefano Cafiso, J. 
Casey Faiman. Row Four: Todd Sirett, Dougjones, BrianSpitz, Arturo Maulcon, Jeff Siipola, Andrew Friedman, 
David E. Hannon, Bill Reihl, Michael Teifeld, Craig Silverstein, Michael Yates, Eric Goldschmidt, Mike Lodish. 

Sigma Alpha Mu was founded as a 
colony at The American University 
on October 17, 1987. On January 28, 
1989, after two strong years on campus, 
the colony was inducted into the nation- 
al fraternity as the Delta Beta chapter. 
Since then, the chapter continued to 
grow to its current number of seventy- 
seven brothers. 

Despite its short history on campus, the 
Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu 

established itself as an influential social 
organization. Members were involved in 
numerous and diverse campus activi- 
ties, participating as activists in Hillel 
and officers in the Student Confedera- 
tion. In the future, Sigma Alpha Mu will 
look forward to continued growth and 
increased involvement within The 
American University community. ^. 
-Sigma Alpha Mu T\ 

Greeks ^c 253 

^elta Tau 




Colors: Cafe Au Lait and 
Old Blue 
Symbol: Torch 
Flower: Golden Tea Rose 


(from left to right) Front Row: Tanya Gilvla, Jennifer Rosenberg, Robin Molan, Jennifer Arnold, Stacey Rom, 
Leslie Izenson, Tracey Diamond, Wendy Macher, Jennifer Polansky, Allison Turk, Jenn Lazaros, D. Tiffany 
Tamplin, Suzanne Ricklin. Row Two: Abby Werman, Jenna Haskins, Nicole Levin, Tammy Glatz, Julie Lurie, 
Suzanne Levinson, Nicole Salera, Nancy Klein, Julie Elfand, Jolie Elfand, Shana Goldberg, Robin Green, Jennifer 
Mogol. Row Three: Elisabeth Behar, Lauren Saft, Cindy Tolz, Chrissy Cortese, Elysson Silverman, Jennifer 
Wizov, Emily Koch, Randi Garbeil, Karen Streim, Stacy Brenner, Alison Korde, Michele Cutler. Row Four: 
Jenifer Kiefer, Michele Toubin, Abbie Popkin, Jessica Smith, Jennifer Freeman. 

Sigma Delta Tau sorority was foun- 
ded on March 25, 1917, at Cornell 
University in New York. In 1990, there 
were over 25,000 women and 55 chapters 
who were part of Sigma Delta Tau. 
The Gamma Delta chapter at The 
American University was founded in 
April, 1987. This past year, there were 
over 80 women in the chapter, each 
adding her own unique personality to 
make the sorority a diverse group. These 
women were involved in a variety of ac- 
tivities and organizations on campus 
ranging from athletics to student gov- 


Sigma Delta Tau raised over $3,000 each 
fall to contribute to their national philan- 
thropy, the prevention of child abuse. 
They also sponsored a week long cam- 
paign each fall for their local philan- 
thropy, the National Capital Coalition 
for Safety Belt Use. 

Sigma Delta Tau at The American Uni- 
versity and elsewhere dedicated itself to 
the ideals of personal accomplishment 
and fulfillment, and continued to stress 
lifetime membership. ^ 

-Sigma Delta Tau 7F 

254 n£c Talon '91 


eta Tau 

Colors: Blue and White 
Symbol: Skull and Cross- 

(from left to right) Front Row: Rob Be|a, Glen Feinstein, Brian Kopelowitz, Howie Siskin, Adam Sisitsky, Steve 
Sharp, Lloyd Lapidus, Rob Klein, Jeff Atlas, Rich Berk, Joel Fisher, Craig Strent, Seymour Butts. Row Two: 
Howie Austrager, Stu Minor, Adam Krosser, Robb Steinberg, Phil Lesh, Jerry Brickman, Jordan Bergstein, 
Darryl Frank, Scott Becker, Rob Griffitts, Michael Salvadore, Barry Fredy Malkin. Row Three: Tony Friedrich, 
Scott Mirsky, Mike Cohen, Rich Dauplaise, Marc Shulman, Brian Glob, Jerry Grebner, Craig Goldberg, Acudy 
Lee, Oley Zinchuk, Ryan Jacobs, Brian Kerns, George Lee. Row Four: Adam Gollin, Mike Mirsky, Sanford 
Nydish, Mitchell Nathanson, Adam Petricoff, Marc Castleman, Jeff Pollacheck, John Ferrino, Cornelius Ellman, 
Mike Hall. 

Zeta Beta Tau was first established on 
December 29, 1898, at Columbia 
University in New York. Zeta Beta Tau 
was an amalgamation of what were once 
five separate fraternities: Kappa Nu, Phi 
Alpha, Phi Epsilon Pi, Phi Sigma Delta, 
and Zeta Beta Tau. Since its inception, 
Zeta Beta Tau grew to include 115,000 
members and 105 chapters nationwide. 
On March 24, 1963, the Beta Psi Chapter 
at The American University boasted 65 
current members. 

Aside from the many awards for aca- 
demic excellence and sporting achieve- 
ment, the Beta Psi Chapter was best 
known for its ongoing involvement in 

philanthropic endeavors. For three 
years, the brothers of the Beta Psi Chap- 
ter participated in Jail 'n Bail, which was 
the chapter's annual fund raiser for the 
Multiple Sclerosis Society of America. 
With that activity, Beta Psi raised over 
$50,000. Also, in the past three years, 
two of the presidents of the Inter- 
Fraternity Council had been from the 
Brotherhood of the Zeta Beta Tau Fra- 

Zeta Beta Tau strove to keep brother- 
hood and tradition strong by being "the 
powerhouse of excellence." . 

-Zeta Beta Tau *£ 

Greeks ^c 255 

256 VC Talon '91 

Greeks ^ 257 

Looking Ahead 5 TL I N (3 

The American University 
wrestling squad had a 
year of high hopes, but 
those hopes became clouded by 
let-downs galore. 
The squad, coached by Jay Billy, 
finished 1990-1991 at nine wins 
and eighteen losses, garnishing 
last place in the East Coast 
Wrestling Tournament. 
"It wasn't a very good season," 
Billy admitted, but he also 
stressed that there were four 
standouts on this season's ros- 

Mahlon Chase, at 134 pounds, 
compiled a personal 25-8 record. 

Pat Moffitt, 150 pounds, fin- 
ished at 22-14, Kurt Ritterpusch, 
158 pounds, went 20-12; and 
John Sheperd, 167 pounds, fin- 
ished at 20-14. 

With one year left, first semester 
Junior Mahlon Chase was dis- 
appointed that he did not 
qualify for the National Wres- 
tling Tournament, and said he 
will work towards that goal next 

As Chase and Ritterpusch re- 
turn, the wrestling squad will 
have the experience that it needs 
to excel collectively. |Mh 

\ Jacobson ^^^ 

262 y^Jalon '91 


Solid Grip: The American 
wrestler holds onto his op- 
ponent for dear life. (Talon 
File Photograph) 

Conference Move 



Taken From Behind: The AU 

Eagle strives to win this 
match. (Talon File Photo- 

Scrimage: Two members of 
the team practice in Bender 
Arena. (Talon File Photo- 


Listening Attentively: A 
wrestler turns his head to hear 
his coach's instructions. 
( Talon File Photograph) 

fter last year's 6th place in the East Coast Confer- 
ence Tournament, The Eagles were scheduled to 
move to a new conference, The East Coast Wres- 
tling League. This league consists of seven teams: 
Bucknell, Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra, Rider, Central 
Connecticut State, and American. Jay Billy, AU'S 
head coach, stated in a March interview with 
Common Sense, "The move out of a conference of 
20 teams into one of seven teams will be positive for 
American. When you wrestle in a conference with 
so many schools, most of the time you don't have 
any idea what you are going up against. Now, with 
seven teams we will have a better idea where we 
stand come tournament time." 
This season, two juniors transferred to AU, Mahlon 
Chase of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Kurt Ritter- 
pusch of Alexandria, Virginia. 
Chase who had placed 4th in the Eastern Region 
last year was the best AU wrestler this year. Ritter- 
pusch wrestled to fourth place along with 
sophmore Steve Staniec at the East Coast Confer- 
ence Tournament. 

Also, at the start of the new year, senior Olen Scott, 
who wrestled at 177 pounds, was injured in his 
right knee. He was out for the remainder of the sea- 
son. Despite the setback, the 1991 season ended 
with a overall record of 9-18. The Eagles finished 
their new league competition with a 2-3 record. 

-Staff Writer 

Athletics ^ 263 


Men's Review 

Back in October, when the 
various basketball and 
sports magazines made 
predictions for the upcoming 
season, The American Uni- 
versity men's basketball team 
wasn't given much of a chance. 
The Eagles had come off a 20-9 
year, but also lost seniors Ron 
Draper, Daryl Holmes, and 
Mike Sumner. Also, in April, 
head coach Ed Tapscott retired 
after eight years, turning the 
reigns over to longtime assistant 
coach, Chris Knoche. 
However, behind the leadership 
of returning seniors Brock Wort- 
man, Fred Tillman, and Ron 
Davenport, the team that was 
not supposed to go anywhere, 
did. For the fourth year in a row, 
the Eagles finished with a win- 
ning record of 15-14. They also 
finished 8-6 in the CAA cham- 
pionships, taking third place. 
"I think it was real good con- 
sidering we had a relatively 
young team," Wortman said. 
"No one knew what to expect 
from us. Finishing 15-14 and a 
winning season proves that the 
program is continuing to move 
in the right direction. " 
Aside from senior support, the 
Eagles saw the emergence of 
sophomore Brian Gilgeous, who 
moved to small toward from 
guard this year. He finished 
with a 13.2 points per game 
average and was selected for 
First-Team All CAA. 
In the CAA tournament, the 
Eagles advanced past the first 
round for the second year in a 
row beating William & Mary 70- 
57. "If it wasn't for an 18-0 by 
Richmond, we could have repre- 
sented the CAA in the NCAA 
tournament," Knoche said. 
With the talent coming back next 
year, including Gilgeous, Craig 
Sedmak, and Donald Grant, the 
Eagles could very well have that 
honor in 1992. tfHK 

Fred Tillman 



Just A Bit Higher: Blocked by 
an Ohio State guard, this AU 
player jumps to make the 
basket. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Ed Young) 


red Tillman responded that "not much" was dif- 
ferent about the Eagles this season. Then, he 
paused, jokingly adding, "except for the new 
coach". The senior co-captain continued, stating 
that despite a change in leaders, practice carried on 
just the same as the previous years. 
Approximately three hours of practice per day was 
fairly usual. In addition, Tillman usually studied 
video clips of the scrimage, lengthing the varsity 
athlete's already busy day. 

There were both drawbacks and benefits of being 
on a varsity team which attracted hundreds of 
students to its games. Tillman felt that some varsity 
players miss having time to socialize. He added 
with a smile, however, that having "no bills" was a 

-T. Sheikh 

No Problem!: Senior, Fred 
Tillman confidently shoots a 
foul shot during a game in 
Bender Arena. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tony Young) 

Athletics <fc, 265 

On The Way 



The American University 
women's basketball team 
finished its season with 
an 9-19 record in the Colonial 
Athletic Association. 
This record was very deceiving, 
as the Eagles were victims of the 
worst injury situations in 
athletic history. 

By the time the Eagles tipped off 
for their first game of the season, 
junior forward Kris Josefoski 
was out with achilles tendon. 
Junior Alicia Morgan was also 
out of the game for three weeks 
with a broken foot. Later, for- 
wards Kirstin Keller, Tiffany 
Turner, and Kristin Hirschler 
suffered season ending injuries. 
Eventually, ailments hit every 
player on the team, and AU 
head coach Jeff Thatcher was 
forced to recruit Kate Shaw, an 
AU soccer player, to play basket- 
ball as well. 

Individually, however, there 
were some bright spots for the 
AU team. Junior guard Felicia 
Young's 440 points this season 
put her fourth on AU's single 
season scoring list. Young also 
became the sixth women in AU 
history to score 1,000-plus career 
points. She is now second to 
Beth Shearer (1611) on AU's all 
time scoring list with 1,203 

Freshman Kristin Hirschler had 
26 blocks this season although 
she missed the last seven games 
with a "concussion to the 

Junior forward Julie Ruhlin 
came back from an injury last 
season and proved herself a 
team leader. Ruhlin hustled her 
way to lead the team in re- 
bounds and was the team's 
second leading scorer. 
The Eagles look towards the 
1991-92 season. With new re- 
cruits and recovered players, 
there is no place to go but 
up. ^ 

/ Seidel ^^^ 

Friendships Last 

eing a member of the AU Women's Basketball team 
for three years meant lots of hard work, many sacri- 
fices, but few payoffs in terms of winning records 
and championship seasons. We struggled through 
early morning pre-season workouts and hours of 
practice. We gave up Thanksgiving and much of 
Christmas break. Most of us spent hours in the 
training room getting treatment for serious injuries. 
Still, we haven't won more than ten games in any of 
the last three seasons. Many people wonder why 
we agreed to go through this every year. 
Two things kept us going: a love of the game of 
basketball and a love of our fellow teammates. In 
spite of everything, I still loved to lace up my high- 
tops and play ball every day. A big reason for that 
was my teammates. I've made friendships in the 
last three years that I'll treasure forever. Despite the 
pain and losses, I wouldn't trade my relationships 
with these people for anything. 
This year was an especially rough one. All kinds of 
excuses were made for our 9-19 record. We had an 
unbelievable number of injuries. We had a lot of 
freshmen and only one senior. We did not make 
any excuses for ourselves. The four juniors on this 
year's team planned to use the experiences of the 
last three years to make the 1991-92 team the most 
successful ever. But even if we don't leave AU with 
joyful memories of a conference championship, we 
will leave with fond memories of the people with 
we shared so much. 

-Staff Writer 


I've Got It!: An injured Julie 
Ruhlin prepares to catch a 
pass from a fellow teammate. 


Almost Ready: An AU player 
waits for the right moment to 
shoot a foul shot. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Tariq Sheikh) 

Athletics ^ 267 

Ladies' Successful Ti 

The American University 
field hockey team had 
many successes in the 
1990 season. Besides finishing 
14-5-1, their best record ever, on 
September 12, the Eagles record- 
ed their first hat trick when 
Rachel Schwolow scored four 
goals against Mount St. Mary's. 
Later, in the midst of an eight- 
game win streak, the Eagles 
ranked fifth in the Mid- Atlantic 
Region. The season was quite a 
turnabout for a team that went 0- 
8 in its conference last year. 
At the start of this year's season, 
not many expected the Lady 
Eagles to do well. However, 

there were a few returning 
veterans, including All-South 
Atlantic Field Hockey and La- 
crosse selections Lauren Heg- 
arty and Jen Kaplan. In the off- 
season coach, Anne Wilkinson, 
also recruited other quality 
players, including Schwolow 
(who led the Eagles in scoring 10 
goals) and Denise Jenkinson. 
Wilkinson predicted that the 
Eagles would finish in the top 
three. She didn't quite make it, 
but the pre-season skeptics were 
neverthless impressed with the 
final fourth place. 
Despite being eliminated in the 
first round of the SAFHLC 

tournament, losing to host 
James Madison, many members 
of the Eagles were recognized 
for their efforts over a successful 
season. Wilkinson was named 
the SAEHLC Coach of the Year 
for her team's turnaround. 
Kaplan (who was second for AU 
in scoring 9 goals), Schwolow, 
and Mirka Nemfakos were se- 
lected to the All-Conference 

The team's 8-game unbeaten 
streak started with a 2-1 win 
against Loyola. It was AU's first 
conference win since 1988, and 
ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to 
Virginia Commonwealth in 

October. In between, the Eagles I 
beat rivals Radford, James Mad- 
ison, and Richmond on penalty 
strokes. They also broke into the j 
top 10 of the Mid-Atlantic Re- 

Next year, the Eagles will have a i 
lot to look forward to. The only 
starter that is not returning is 
Kaplan. Kristine Sudano, who 
scored three goals in the first 
four games before hurting her 
knee, will return. Seven starters 
from 1990 who were freshmen 
will return as well. ^fl 

-E. Jones ^H 

268 ^C Talon '91 

Honored Coach 



Racing To Make A Block: 

Lady Eagles run to stop the 
opponent from scoring a goal. 
( Talon File Photograph) 

Heading Toward The Goal: 

An AU player attempts to 
keep control of the puck as op- 
ponents surround her. ( Talon 
File Photograph) 

nne Wilkinson, women's field hockey coach for her 
fourth year at The American University, received 
the honor of being named 1990 Coach of the Year by 
the South Atlantic Field Hockey/LaCrosse Confer- 
ence. After an exceptional year of 14-5-1, the Lady 
Eagles had ranked fourth in the region. 
Wilkinson, originally from West Chester, Penn- 
sylvania, was a graduate of the University of Del- 
aware where she achieved Ail-American honors 
three times in field hockey and was captain of her 
team senior year. 

During 1986, Wilkinson was named Blue Hen's 
Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, in addition to 
receiving the East Coast Conference Player of the 
Year title. She also became a member of the ECC's 
All Conference Championship Squad. 
Wilkinson's experience internationally helped her 
coach as well. She sports memberships in the USA 
Under-21 National Touring Team to Vancouver and 
the USA Under-23 National Touring Team that 
travelled to Holland. In 1985, Wilkinson ac- 
complished the feat of becoming a gold medalist at 
the Olympic Sports Festival. She continued to be a 
participant in the festival for four years. 
Last spring, Wilkinson was an assistant lacrosse 
coach for the National Division 1 runner-up, Uni- 
versity of Maryland. 

-Staff Writer 

Athletics ^ 269 

What Are 


Go! Fight! Win!: AU Cheer- 
leaders risk all to show their 
spirit. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Eden Schwartz) 


Eagles' Eye View: AU's never- 
ending spirit shines through 
at all angles. ( Talon File Photo- 

hat are cheerleaders? 
They're certainly more 
Than a quick chant and smile 
And a yell from the floor. 

They're the final result 

Of long hours of sweat, 

And just a few tears of 

Frustration. And yet, 

They're special; they know 

That in front of the crowd 

So much is expected to 

Make them all proud. 

Though sometimes the pressure 

Seems too much to take, 

They come back with style 

And a love you can't fake. 

They're pom-poms and Reeboks 
Always clean, shiny white, 

They're warmth and a shoulder 
When things don't go right. 

They're true friends to many 
And favorites to all. 

They're tumbling and dancing 
And learning to fall. 

They're the memories held fast 

By those who've grown old, 

People to worship 

By little ones; told, 

You practice and someday 

You can cheer too! 

And wear your school colors, 

You'll know what to do. 

'Cause they are your heroes 

They're some of the best. 

They've counted the odds 

And pass all the tests. 

So what are cheerleaders? 

They're certainly more 

Than a quick chant or smile 

And a veil from the floor. 

-/. Solomon 

270 yc Talon '91 


The Beat Goes On: In the 

spirit of Homecoming, the AU 
Dancers rock the crowd with 
their dance routine. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Ed Young) 

It Was Worth It 

ere's from the AU Dancers: 
We cheered for the victory. 
In leotards of red and blue, 
Did we faithfully perform for you. 

From Bender to Richmond did we groove, 

To BBD, Hammer, and Janet, too. 

Six a.m. practices (or a bit after), 

Such memories only brought us laughter. 

Flexibility was our middle name, 

Last minute changes was our game. 

But what the audience didn't know, 

For their benefit, it was so. 

It was a precedent we set, 

An experience to never forget. 

And with "Sergeant" McNair's and C.T.'s care, 

only wonderfully could we fare. 

It was the best of times: it was the worst of 

times. We had victorious games and last minute 

changes. Beginning as a motley crew, we became 

a family, bonded and tightly knit. We came a 

long way, both from previous years and even 

throughout this year. When it was all said and 

done: it was worth it. 

-S. Kim 


The Halftime Break: The 
dancers pose at the end of 
their piece while accepting 
applause from the spectators. 

Athletics \fc: 271 



Keeping Pace 

rees pass and grass is underfoot. 
My feet pound the ground. 

Faster, faster. 

But no, I must have patience. 

Pace, pace. 

There is a long way to go. 

Alone I travel, 

Wary of those ahead, 

Until I pass. 

One by one, images of their faces 

Fall behind. 

Faster, faster. 

The end is near. 

Yet, I am alone again. 

Only the wind rushes ahead. 

Have I passed them all? 

My feet continue pounding. 

At last I see the finish line. 

I am no longer alone. 

Victory, victory. 

-S. Lindsey 

Almost There... A member of 
the men's cross country team 
races toward the finish line. 
OF: Sports Information) 

Running The Course: This 
runner paces herself to con- 
serve strength for the final 
sprint. (Talon File Photo- 




272 ¥^ Talon '91 



Intramural sports gain active 


Do scholar athletes really exist at 



Where is AU's varsity football 


can be 

found on campus. "Students can even suggest 

new and different activities," says Kathy Lawhead, Intra- 
mural Director at The American University. Her job is a big one. Not only 

does she handle the normal sports, such as flag football, soccer, softball, racquetball, squash, 
swimming, basketball, volleyball, and tennis, but she's willing to handle new sports like floor hockey. "There's 
always the possibility for new sports. This year we're trying out floor hockey in the old gym on a trial basis because a bunch of guys have 
been bugging me for years." 

Intramural tournaments with other universities in the Washington area are offered as well. Take basketball for instance -- ninety teams 
signed up last spring. One of this year's highlights was a 3 on 3 basketball tourney sponsored by Schick. American's winner went on to 
participate in a regional tournament. There was also a 4 on 4 volleyball tournament sponsored by Trident. The winning team moved on to 
compete at the University of Maryland. 

Intramurals are for everyone. Friends, floormates, and classmates could form a team of their own, or the director could place them on a 
roster. Different skill levels are available in most sports, too. "Even if you're not a high skill level," says Lawhead, "there's something here 
for you." Last year intramural registration topped 5,000. 

One of the highlights of the fall intramural season was the rematch of the "A" league men's flag football championship game between the 
Hitmen and Capital Punishment. Capital Punishment downed the Hitmen 6-2 on a 65-yard touchdown John Xereas pass to Andy Wake- 
field. "This was big," said Capital Punishment running back Danny Kivan in an Eagle interview. "Thank God for the win." 
The game was a defensive fight, with neither offense putting together a scoring drive. The Hitmen opened the scoring just before halftime 
with the first of two bizarre scoring plays in the game. 

On the last play of the half, Xereas was wrapped up by Don Nelson at the five yardline. Nelson, with his arms aroung Xereas, began moving 
him farther and farther back. A stunned Xereas stood limp, as no referee would blow the play dead. 

Nelson finally pushed Xereas into the end zone, where he proceeded to grab his flag. When the referee signalled for a safety, the Capitol 
Punishment bench erupted. The play stood and the Hitmen had a 2-0 advantage at the half. Capital Punishment, however, was able to 
push ahead late in the game. 

274 K Talon '91 


"There's always the 
possibilty for new 
sports . . . Even if 
you're not a high skill 
level, there's some- 
thing here for you." 
Kathy Lawhead 

'The second bizarre score of the 
afternoon took place after 
Xereas scrambled out of trouble. 
He found Wakefield 26 yards 
downfield. Wakefield took off 

i for the end zone, dropping de- 

j fensive back Mark Wakeforth on 

this belt. Wakeforth dragged 
down Wakefield at the one yard- 

jline without grabbing his flag. 

The referee signalled for a touch- 
down, creating a near riot on the 

^Hitmen side- 
line. Capital 


[sealed the win 

I by stopping the 

[Hitmen on 


In the spring 
semester, both 
coed basketball 

were decided in 
close games at ^^g 
Bender Arena. 
In the coed 
" A A " cham- 
pionship, the Griswolds won 
their second title in two years, 
defeating the Rascals 38-33. In 
an upset in the coed "A" di- 
vision, the Slamhounds defeat- 
ed the previously unbeaten El 
Futbol team, 30-27. 
The soccer championship was 
also decided upon in the spring 
semester. Greg McDonald 

scored twice to lead Alpha Tau 
Omega to its third straight in- 
door soccer victory over Sport- 
aidis in Bender Arena. In the 
coed championship, J.R. Slater 
scored late in the final period for 
a 3-2 School of Public Affairs vic- 
tory over Team Manson. 
Intramurals were fun and excit- 
ing. They were also a healthy 
way of exercise. But for those 
who did not feel like playing at 

"One of the most unifying factors on 
campus is intramurals. You can 
come into the arena some nights 
where basketball is going on all 
evening, and people are just hang- 

all, anyone could be a spectator 
and cheer friends on. "One of 
the most unifying factors on 
campus," said Kathy Lawhead, 
"is intramurals. You can come in 
to the arena some nights where 
basketball is going on all eve- 
ning, and people are just hang- 
ing out. When you get into the 
championships, dorms and fra- 

ternities bring out a couple of 
hundred people to watch be- 
cause it's their friends who are 

Aside from this year's intra- 
mural games that are highlight- 
ed, other games were exciting as 
well. The following is a list of In- 
tramural Champions: 
Fall Semester 
Rainbow Warriors, Men "A"- Hitmen, 
CoEd- Team Manson, SQUASH 
gardo Aranda, 
Eric Goldberg, 
Women- Michelle 
Stevens, VOLLEY- 
BALL-Men "AA"- 
Unstoppables, Men 
"A"- Gay but Tall, 
Women- A.M. Man- 
atees, TENNIS 
singles- Paulo 
Costa, Men's 
doubles- Chad Hen- 
derson and Stephan 
Holzberger, Mixed 
doubles- Seth 
Kishenberger and Cynthia Pantazis, 
SOCCER-Men "AA"-Parador's Kil- 
ombos, Men "A"- Rough Raiders, CoEd- 
TOURNEY--Men- Runnin' Rebels, 
CoEd- Reality Check. 

Spring Semester 

Runnin'Rebels, Men "A"- Stealth 
Bombers, Men "B"- Capital Punishment, 
Women- Bender's Secret, CoEd "AA"- 
Griswolds, CoEd "A"- Slamhounds, 

Bonnano, Women- Sima Motjah, 
The Dudes, Women- Geez oh Man, 
The Planters, INDOOR SOCCER-Men- 
Alpha Tau Omega, CoEd- SPA, SWIM 
MEET-Sigma Alpha Mu, SOFTBALL- 
Men's fastpitch- Phi Sigma Kappa, 
Men's slowpitch- Section 3, CoEd- R. 
Anderson Athletics, TENNIS 
TOURNEY-Men- Raj Kuttan, Women- 
Dana Fishman, VOLLEYBALL-CoEd 
" A A " - Fratbusters, CoEd " A " - 

-R. Lindsev 

Athletics Yz275 

Sch&fer-APM tes 

"We try and meet the individual's needs. When 
people are recruited, they generally [do] meet Ms. 
Reimann. We look at the minimum academic re- 
quirements. " 

cholar athletes. 
The term has 

often been considered an oxymoron. Is that 

true at The American University? On November 25, 1956, 

in an attempt to heighten academic awareness in athletics, the Faculty Com- 
mittee on Athletics issued the following statement: "The Faculty Committee on Athletics, in inter- 
preting athletic eligibility in term's of the university's probationary activity restrictions authorizes the Director of 

Athletics to permit a student to participate in intercollegiate athletics for one semester after being notified of probationary academic stand- 
ing or during the semester in which a student is notified. This authorization may be granted by the Director, provided that, in his judge- 
ment, such authorization does not undermine the student's educational program. It will be the responsibility of the Director of Athletics to 
keep himself informed of the academic performance of students participating in intercollegiate athletics between reporting periods. He 
may, however, delegate this surveyance to his coaches. It will also be the responsibility of the Director of Athletics to inform the Faculty 
Committee on Athletics of any cases arising under this resolution." 

That same report cited several academic averages by teams, the highest of which was 1.95 for Cross Country. Combined, the 1958 athlete's 
academic average was 1.51. 

Since then, several other measures have been taken to ensure that The American University maintains academically sound athletes and 
helps those in need of tutoring or motivation. The current minimum Grade Point Average for participating on a varsity team is 2.0, the same 
as is required to maintain good academic standing with the university. This level is, however, higher than the minimum GPA according to 
the National Colonial Athletic Association. Their standard is a 1.8. 

According to Lisa Pawelkiewicz, 1991 Captain of the Women's Swimming Team and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board, 
athletes who obtain an average below 2.0 are generally not allowed to play the following semester. Most are allowed limited practice. If 
grades do not improve, the athlete is fully suspended for one semester. After that, comes dismissal. For the most part, however, probation 

276 ^ Talon '91 

works on a case by case basis. 
Pawelkiewicz stated, "We try 
and meet the individual's 
needs." Aside from dealing with 
probation, the AU Sports and 
Recreation Department helps 
athletes with their studies. The 
Student Athlete Advisory 
Board, of which Pawelkiewicz is 
a member, is headed by Barbara 
Reimann, Assistant Director of 
Athletics. The board sponsors 
academic programs and tutoring 
activities. "We have study hall 
that's mandatory for all new 
athletes— freshmen and trans- 

The study hall program consists 
of spending ten hours per week 
in the library. Students must 
, and tutors are available 
for basic subjects such as finite 
math, calculus, English, and 

"It [study hall] forces you to be 
in the library. It allows you to do 
some research ... It also struc- 
tures your time and makes you 
try to study," Pawelkiewicz re- 

"I think it was pretty productive. 
We got a good amount of work 
done. We got to know each 
other on a different level," she 

The student board, which con- 
sists of representatives from 
each varsity sport, provides 
other programs to aid their peers 
as well. They sponsor a Career 
Day for upperclassmen, run a 
community service project with 
the Boys and Girls Club in South 
East D.C., and they bring var- 

"I think study hall 
was pretty produc- 
tive. We got a good 
amount done. You get 
to know your team- 
mates outside of prac- 
tice. We got to know 
each other on a dif- 
ferent level." 

-Lisa Pawelkiewicz 

ious speakers to the study halls. 
In addition, a Faculty Represen- 
tative will be available in the fall 
for academic counseling. 
Increased involvement on the 
university's behalf in the aca- 
demic achievements of athletes 
led to increased student involve- 
ment and effort. Forty-seven AU 
students were honored as CAA 
scholar athletes this past year. 
These men and women 

achieved averages of 3.3 or 
above and represented 23 per- 
cent of the 1989-1990 total of 207 
athletic participants. The cumu- 
lative GPA for the fall semester 
stood at a 2.91, the exact level of 
the academic average of the en- 
tire university. Does the oxy- 
moron hold true at The 
American University? Judge for 

-S. Lindsey 

Athletics fc 277 


1 1 

appened to the american pasttime? 

"I believe in college football as a dis- 
cipline for men; as a vital part of col- 
lege life; as an autumn program 
which establishes an esprit de corps 
among students, alumni, and the 
public, as a relaxation from strenuous 
studies of the week. . . " 

ntercollegiate foot- 
ball has been a part 

of the proud history of The American Uni- 
versity since the mid twenties. Like all colleges, it has had 

its share of ups and downs through the years. In the year 1940, the President 

of AU, Dr. Paul F. Douglass, gave a boost to football morale with the following message about the 
1941 team. "I believe in college football as a discipline for men; as a vital part of college life; as an autumn program 
which establishes an esprit de corps amoung students, alumni, and the public, as a relaxation from strenuous studies of the week; as a 
proper program of fellowship among colleges and universities. I believe that the 1941 football squad will demonstrate to the public that the 
administration of The American University considers football a proper and necessary part of the total program of the university. We play 
the game to win, maintaining at the same time the highest academic standards in the class room and the highest ethical standards on the 
field. The autumn of 1941 is a red-letter season in athletics at The American University." 

Dr. Douglass, in essence, committed himself, the resources of the university, and the Director of Athletics-Staff Cassell, to maintaining a 
motivated, well-rounded, and winning Eagles team. 

278 ^ Talon '91 

Carl Byham, Class of 1942, 
wrote in the university paper in 
1940: "Each year when the air 
. takes on the tang which fills 
one's mind with thoughts of fly- 
ing footballs, The American Uni- 
versity finds itself looking for- 
ward with high hopes for a suc- 
cessful football season." 
That same year, Staff Cassell 
assumed the role of head coach 
of the football team as an added 
duty. He was considered to be 
'the best choice, and hopes ran 
high. Then, the bubble burst as 
the United States became em- 
broiled in a global war. Due to 
the shortage of manpower at the 
university, the Board of Trustees 
i in June 1942, adopted an action 
I which stated, in part, that "in- 
tercollegiate football be sus- 
pended for the duration of the 
war, with the understanding 
that it will be resumed as soon 
'after the war as possible." 
i It wasn't until late 1945, that the 
(subject of football arose again. 
Kenn Hoover, Chairman of the 
• Committee on Student Life, on 
his own initiative, began a study 
of the athletic program at the 
'university. In particular, he 
.studied football. While this 
study was in progress, Dr. 
Douglass began discussing the 
resumption of football at AU. In 
view of the strong support from 
the president, Hoover began 
work on a tentative football pro- 
gram. The report was presented 
to the Board of Trustees in Jan- 
uary, 1946, at their regular meet- 
ing. The Board requested addi- 
tional data in the form of a sup- 

plementary report to be present- 
ed to them in April. 
In the supplementary report, 
the program was estimated to 
cost $24,877, with a deficit of 
four to five thousand dollars the 
first year. It envisioned not only 
the re-establishment of football 
as a major sport, but included a 
report on the entire athletic pro- 
gram, both intercollegiate and 
intramural. Prior to the April 
Board of Trustees meeting, the 
Committee on Student Life re- 
ceived a memorandum from 
President Douglass concerning 
subject of football. In it, Dr. 
Douglass outlined four alterna- 
tives with respect to the re- 
establishment of football, stat- 
ing that a good program would 
"infuse a physical vigor into an 
otherwise lethargic campus 

Hoover presented both plans to 
the Board of Trustees, and much 
discussion was done over the 
financial problems involved. It 
was felt that the university could 
not afford the comtemplated ex- 
penses. They were concerned 
with the use of subsidy and its 
place in intercollegiate athletics. 
The Board of Trustees voted 9-4 
against both proposals, citing 
financial reasons for doing so. 
Angered at this decision, the 
students demonstrated and pro- 
tested in hopes that the board 
would change its minds. They 
did not. 

A twist to all of this effort came 
on October 1st, 1946, when Dr. 
Douglass issued a statement 
concerning college football. He 

described it as "a human slave 
market", and criticized severely 
the recruitment of football play- 
ers. In addition, Dr. Douglass 
quoted the Board of Trustees as 
having discontinued football on 
the basis that it "has ceased to be 
an amateur game played to ben- 
efit the development of stu- 

In response to this change of 
position by Dr. Douglass, 
Hoover (no longer Chairman of 
the Student Life Committee) 
wrote to the Board of Trustees 
on October 17: "Insofar as I 
know, the Board of Trustees has 
not taken action condemning 
football on the basis that it has 
ceased to be an amateur game 
played to benefit the develop- 
ment of students. I will admit, 
however, that it is a moot ques- 
tion whether football or any other 
sport, amateur or professional, is 
contributory, per-se, to the de- 
velopment of students from a 
purely academic standpoint." 
Football, as previously known at 
the university prior to the war, 
no longer to existed. 
Not until the year 1969 was foot- 
ball brought to the foreground 
again. The American University 
Student Senate voted to approve 
Club Football (Intramural) for 
the Eagles for the fall of 1970. A 
budget of $20,000 was estimated 
for the first year. One half to be 
paid by the Student Senate and 
the other half, from the uni- 
versity. After many years of abs- 
ence, football was back at The 
American University. 

-R. Lindsey 

"...the Board of 
Trustees has not taken 
action condemning 
football on the basis 
that it has ceased to be 
an amateur game 
played to benefit the 
development of 

-Kenn Hoover 



W*********"* ^•**''<#M"" J * 

Athletics j^- 279 

ketball ~~ — DUKESJ 

A Perfect Angle 


Where did it go? 

Did I lose it? 

Or is it just hidden by the grass? 

No, it's there, 

Exactly where I wanted. 

...One more swing should suffice. 

Angle to the right. 

Perfect! Now putt. 

...It went too far, 

Right past the hole. 

One more swing. 

The ball is near enough to go in. 

I hit it too hard! 

It will jump right out! 

No, it can't miss. 

It must.... 


-S. Lindsey 


Swing High: An AU golfer 
takes a strong stroke and 
watches the ball fly in the air. 
(Talon File Photograph) 

Athletics yc. 281 

Tough Times 

Both the men's and 
women's tennis teams at 
The American University 
experienced difficult seasons. 
For the men, seniors Miles Nel- 
son of Indianapolis, Indiana, 
Adam Petricoff of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, and Matthew Schwartz 
from Livingston, New Jersey 
headed the roster. Even with 
their experience, however, 
tough times were ahead. 
In one particular meet versus 
Swarthmore College, the men 
lost the singles sets. As a result, 
the coaches decided to call the 
match, and the doubles were not 
played. AU head coach Vigmo- 
stad was quoted in the April 8 


Aiming High: A player waits 
for the ball to drop to complete 
her serve. (PHOTOGRAPH 
BY: Katie Soderman) 

issue of The Eagle as saying, 
"We need to put the wins 
together, not one win in this 
match and one win in another. 
We need to start playing tough. 
A key to getting back on track is 

Unfortunately, the Eagles did 
not get "back on track", ending 
the year with a disappointing 
record of losses. 
The women's team, differing 
from the men's, had a successful 
fall season and was led by senior 
Andrea Kunsher into the spring. 
The Lady Eagles picked up two 
victories, George Mason, 5-4, 
and University District of Co- 
lumbia, 9-0. Kunsher, however, 

missed five matches due to ill- 

Later in the season, the group 
had two shut-outs, with 
Richmond defeating AU, 5-0, 
and James Madison winning 7- 
0. These losses, combined with 
others, brought the AU 
women's team down to a low 
placed position. 

Coach Vigmostad stated in an 
Eagle interview, "The win over 
Mason was especially nice." 
With a difficult season past, 
Coach Vigmostad and return- 
ing players anxiously look 
forward to improving their rec- 
ords, ^^to 
-Staff Writer mk 



Talon '91 

Victory Match 

ne of The American University men's tennis team's 
dominating wins was played against St. Joseph's 
University of Philadelphia. The score ended at 6-1, 
in a match that had been delayed by approximately 
two hours. The coaches of each team, because of the 
delay, changed the format of the match so that it 
could be completed. Each team played five singles 
matches and one doubles match. 
Mike Nelson, who was the number one spot for 
AU, beat his opponent in two sets, 6-3 and 6-2. The 
player in the second position, Jason Chalik, ob- 
tained a win of 6-2 and 7-5. 

Greg Marion, a freshman, played his first college 
match against St. Joseph's. Marion won, with a loss 
of 6-0 on the first set, and wins of 6-1 and 6-4 on the 
next two. 

In an April 15 Eagle interview, Marion stated, 
"Coach plugged me in at the last minute, and I was 
really nervous. This is the first time I have played 
where it counted." 

Everyone agreed that the win over St. Joseph's was 
a tremendous uplift for the team. 

-Staff Writer 

Athletics ^ 283 

Men's Season in Review 

A season that started out 
with such promise 
didn't quite follow 
through. The Ameri- 
can University men's soccer 
team began the year with a 8-0 
record, knocking off three top 20 
teams, including Adelphi, 
Maryland, and Seaton Hall. In 
fact, the Eagles broke into the 
top 20 themselves, earning 14th 

However, when talented fresh- 
man goalie, Dave Urbach broke 
his hand on September 30 in the 
game against Princeton, things 
fell apart. The Eagles played 
through their Colonial Athletic 
Association schedule, but only 
won against East Carolina. They 
ended up with a 12-9-1 record 
overall, and a 1-5-1 record in the 

Still, coach Pete Mehlert was 
pleased with the way the season 
turned out. 

"In a way, it was a tremendous, 
rewarding season," said 
Mehlert, who had a 188-112-34 
record through 19 seasons. "A 
lot of people didn't expect us to 
get off to as fast a start. It was too 
bad the momentum was abrupt- 




Elation: AU Men's soccer 
team celebrates a victory at 
Maryland. (Photograph cour- 
tesy of The Eagle) 

For The Ball: Iain McKenzie 
fights for control against a 
James Madison opponent. 

The Big Play: Diego Rebagliati 
manuevers the ball while the 
oppositon looks on. (Photo- 
graph courtesy of The Eagle) 

ly halted." 

The season got off to a quick 
start with AU beating Maryland- 
Baltimore County on September 
4, then winning its own tourna- 
ment - the AU Soccer Classic by 
beating Lehigh and Towson 
State with scores of 3-0 and 1-0 

Next the Eagles shocked the 
eighth-ranked Adelphi team at 
the Patriots Invitational in 
Fairfax, Virginia when Eric Lei- 
ben scored on a header from a 
corner kick at 68:13. 
"We beat three top ten teams, in 
fact, only seven other teams in 
the country have beaten more 
top ten teams than American." 
Mehlert said. 

With Urbach gone, after an in- 
jury in a game against Princeton, 
the Eagles had to devise a new 
type of offense. The scoring fell 
mostly on the shoulders of 
senior Jon Hall, who ended the 
season with 12 goals and 6 
assists for a total of 30 points. He 
led the Eagles in scoring and fin- 
ished fifth in the CAA. 
Even though the Eagles went on 
a seven-game losing streak, 
none of the games were blow- 


outs. AU finally got back on the 
winning track on October 24 
with a 4-1 upset over cross-town 
rivals George Washington. "Our 
finish wasn't outstanding," 
Mehlert said, "but the confer- 
ence playoffs were exciting." 
As the number seven seed, the 
Eagles were not expected to do 
much, but on a chilly and damp 
evening on November 1 at the 
University of Richmond Soccer 
Comples, AU upset James Mad- 
ison, who ranked second. The 
winning goal came from Brad 
Atkins at 85:44. 

However, the season ended the 
next evening with Richmond 
pulling out a 2-1 win on a pen- 
alty kick just 53 seconds after 
Hall had tied the game. 
With the season ended, two AU 
seniors, Hall and fullback Raj 
Lalchan were named to the All- 
CAA First Teams well as to the 
prestigious All-South Atlantic 
Region First Team. 
"We played well against James 
Madison, the favorite," said 
Mehlert. "There aren't many 
teams that could achieve what we 
did in the first 12 games." ^^^ 
-E. Jones &#>£ 

284 ^c Talon 

A New Tradition 


ne year ago, the entity of women's varsity soccer 
did not exist: only an intramural level was offered. 
Pete Mehlert became the coach and began to recruit 
players for the newly instituted Varsity Sport. What 
resulted was a year of surprise, and accomplish- 

"Nobody knew what any of the players were like, 
as on any first year team," player Michelle Kaplan, 
noted. "After a good fall season, we have the spring < 
season to look toward to, to help solidify the team 
and improve on what's already there," noted 
teammate Liz Pike. 

While The American University Women's Soccer 
team is in Division I, most of their games this past 
season were played against Division III schools. 
Even with underdog status against the Division I 
schools in their schedule, they managed to tie 
against one school, and slam the Division III 
schools, compiling a record of 11 wins, 3 losses, and 
1 tie. 

"It was a real collective effort," Kaplan said, "Some 
players dominated more than others, but for the 
most part, we worked as a team, and that's what 
makes a team good," she said. 
Next year, the team will be losing a few seniors and 
recruiting many new members. They hoped to reap 
on this year's successes, and they were confident 
that they would begin strong and finish well next 

-A. Jacobson 

Athletics ^c 285 

AU Men Get Their Feet Wet 

For the men's swimming 
team, it was deja vu. They 
successfully defended 
their Colonial Athletic 
Association title, defeating 
second place ECU by an 
astounding 152 point margin. 
Sergio Lopez once again was 
named Swimmer of the Meet 
and Coach Doug Backlund was 
named Coach of the Year for the 
second year in a row. Freshman 
diver Pat Fatta was named Diver 
of the Meet, after winning both 
the one meter and three meter 

Lopez successfully defended his 
conference titles in the 100 but- 
terfly and the 200 breaststroke. 
He also won the 500 freestyle en 
route to establishing a new con- 
ference record. Sophomore 
Chris Hauth earned three con- 
ference titles, placing first in the 
200 and 400 Individual Medlies 
as well as in the 200 butterfly. He 
set a new meet record in the 
400IM and tied the meet record 
in the 200 butterfly. Freshman 
Alex Casalots won the 100 
breaststroke. The quartet of Eric 
Harrison, Lopez, Russ Kneipp, 
and Walter Eggers won both the 
200 and 400 medley relays. Fi- 
nally the 800 freestyle relay con- 
sisting of Ken Lambert, Hauth, 
Eggers, and Lopez rounded out 
the first place finishes for the 

School records were established 
in eight individual events. 
Lopez set new standards in the 
200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle 
events. Kneipp broke Lopez's 
mark in the 100 butterfly, and 
Hauth did the same in the 200 
butterfly. Also Fatta broke both 
diving records. 

At the Eastern Seaboard Meet, 
Lopez won both the 1650 and 
200 breaststroke in record set- 
ting time. He represented AU at 
the NCAA championships for 
the second year. Hauth placed 
fourth in the 200 butterfly im- 
proving on last year's sixth place 

The men will graduate 5 seniors: 
Lopez, Kneipp, Mortimer, Eric 
Stilz, and J.R. Rocco. _ 

-L. Pawelkeiwicz flflj 


Sergio Lopez: 200 Freestyle 
500 Freestyle 
1000 Freestyle 
1650 Freestyle 

Kneipp: 100 Butterfly 

Hauth: 200 Butterfly 

286 ^ Talon '91 


Ready, Set . . .: AU men wait 
for the signal to dive at a home 
meet. (Photograph By: Tony 


Stroke, Stroke: The Eagles 
practice for endurance, 
strength, and speed. { Talon 
File Photograph) 


On Your Mark: Swimmers 
await the signal to dive. (Talon 
File Photograph) 

Preparation: Members of the 
team prepare to push off for a 
sprint. (PHOTOGRAPH BY: 
Tony Young) 

A Champion 

or two years, The American University held an 
athletic star in its hands. Reeves Aquatic Center 
was filled not only with a champion team, but also a 
champion individual. 

Sergio Lopez was born on August 15, 1968 in Bar- 
celona, Spain. At the age of three, he passed his first 
swimming lesson. Lopez continued his involve- 
ment, and eventually took lessons at one of the top 
clubs in Spain. There he met George Murio, who 
coached him to world class status. In 1984, he quali- 
fied for the European junior championships at Lux- 
emburg and earned a spot on the Spanish team. At 
1986 World Championships in Madrid, Lopez set a 
national record in the 200 breastroke. The time set 
was 2:20.98, which put him in 13th place. He had 
yet to lose the mark, which was lowered to 2:12.24 
in the Goodwill Games. 

Lopez's friend, Kimbo Vallejo, suggested he come 
to the U.S. to study and swim, and his family sup- 
ported the idea. He went to the University of In- 
diana and studied under head coach James "Doc" 
Counsilman. His achievements were great during 
freshman year. He broke records at Iowa (200 
breastroke) and Illionis (200 breast and 200 indi- 
vidual medley), made a 200 breastroke mark at Il- 
linois at 2:03.02, and finished 3rd place in the 200 
breaststroke at NCAA meets. 
Lopez's efforts culminated in 1987 when he won the 
bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, 
South Korea. Shortly thereafter, he decided to 
transfer to another school. Lopez came to AU in 

Since then, he led the Eagle's swim team to win 
their first two CAA championships. He even be- 
came AU's first Ail-American swimmer at the 
NCAA Championships. 

Sergio Lopez is preparing for next season and the 
1992 summer Olympics which will be held in his 
hometown, Barcelona, Spain. 

-Staff Writer 

Athletics fc 287 

Lady Eagles Make A Splash 

The Lady Eagles had their 
most successful season 
ever. In the dual meet 
season, they compiled an 
11-1 record, losing only to 
Miami. They captured their first 
ever Colonial Athletic Associa- 
tion title. The Eagles concluded 
this successful season with an 
11th place finish at the Eastern 
Seaboard Meet. 

During the course of the year, 
eight individual and two relay 
records were established. Junior 
co-captain Nicole Fiori set rec- 
ords in the 50 and 100 freestyle. 
Freshman Sophia Barrowman 
also broke records in two events, 
the 400 Individual Medlies and 
the 200 breaststroke. Junior 
Marcia Cardinale broke her own 
records in the backstroke for the 
third consecutive year. Sopho- 
more Jeannine Sirey set a new 
record in the 100 breaststroke. 
Junior transfer Melissa Bitting 
broke Fiori's record in the 1650 
yard freestyle event. The 400 
medley relay of Cardinale, Bar- 
rowman, Kim Hecker, and Fiori 
smashed the old mark by four 
seconds. At the Conference 
Meet, Fiori was named Swim- 
mer of the Meet for the second 
time in three years. She success- 
fully defended her titles in the 
200 and 500 freestyles and 
gained the 100 freestyle confer- 
ence titles. Barrowman made a 
splash at her first conference 
meet, capturing both IM events. 
Bitting narrowly defeated the 
conference record holder in the 
1650 to earn her first CAA title. 
The 800 relay consisting of 
senior Jeanine Paulson, Sirey, 
Barrowman, and Bitting es- 
tablished a new record en route 
to their first place finish. 
A record eleven women quali- 
fied for Easterns. They were: 
Paulson, Farra, Fiori, Bitting, 
Hecker, Cardinale, Sirey, Sabine 
Lawler, Barrowman, Michelle 
Mondini, and Genna Weiss. 
Barrowman placed 3rd in the 
400IM and 9th in the 200IM. 
Sirey came in 6th in the same 
events. Cardinale was 10th in 
both backstrokes, 16th in the 200 
butterfly. The relay team of Bit- 
ting, Fiori, Sirey, and Barrow- 
man placed 9th. _ 
-L. PawelkiewiczU 

288 ^c Talon '91 


50 Yard Freestyle 

-Nicole Fiori 24.69 
100 Yard Freestyle 

-Nicole Fiori 52.76 
1650 Yard Freestyle 

-Melissa Bitting 17.19.35 
400 Indiviadual Medley 

-Sophia Barrowman 4:26.92 
100 Yard Backstroke 

-Marcia Cardinale 59.64 
200 Yard Backstroke 

-Marcia Cardinale 2:08.15 
100 Yard Breaststroke 

-Jeannine Sirey 1:08.54 


On The Blocks: Anticipation 
storms through each indi- 
vidual diver as they prepare to 
plunge into competition. 
( Talon File Photograph) 


Side Angle: The Lady Eagles 
glide back to the head of the 
pool for words with Coach 
Backland. ( Talon File Photo- 


Jump Start: AU women jump 
expertly off the starting 
blocks, getting a head start 
over their competitors. ( Talon 
File Photograph) 

The Home Stretch: Toni 
Young strokes to victory. 
/ Talon File Photograph) 

We're On Top! 

$* ** 

s the final scores were announced at the University 
of North Carolina at Wilmington on February 9th, 
The American University women swimmers gath- 
ered arm in arm. 

The announcer began with the seventh place team, 
working his way up to the first place team. In those 
tense moments, we stood together, silent, holding 
on to each other for dear life. It was a fitting symbol 
of our togetherness. Our teamwork had brought us 
a nearly flawless dual meet record. Our tenacity 
brought us the respect of our opponents. But it was 
our togetherness that brought AU its first ever con- 
ference title in a women's sport. 
Swimming is an individual sport. When you race, 
you have no teammates to help you. Yet their sup- 
port and friendship was crucial from day one— 
whether it was winning races, encouraging team- 
mates, or doing your personal best. On February 9, 
those efforts resulted in a conference title. 
When the announcer finally said, "And in first 
place with 649 points, The American University," 
all twenty-five of us jumped in the diving well and 
swam over to the podium. We turned and faced the 
men's team. They shouted, "OOH!" We yelled 
back, "AHH!" They asked, "Who's on top?" We 
screamed with the jubilation and pride attached to 
such a victory, "WE ARE!". All twenty-five of us 
were on top. 

-L. Pawelkeiwicz 

Athletics ^ 289 

Soaring Hig 


290 Yz Talon '91 


Reaching High: This AU team 
member springs high off the 
board to prepare for her dive. 
OF: The Eagle) 

At The Top: Pat Fatta stands 
on the highest platform in 
order to recieve his first place 
award at NCAA's. (PHOTO- 
GRAPH BY: Cammie Miller) 

This year's diving team 
although young, was ex- 
tremely successful. The 
j;am that consisted of three 
members last year, grew to 
'?ven this season. The team's re- 
aming members were seniors 
lisa Farra and Cammie Miller, 
'hile the new additions were 
ophomores Paul Nelson and 
-eshmen Pat Fatta, Genna 
Veiss, Michelle Modini, and 
\drienne Phelan. The team 
ained six days a week from 
lid-September through mid- 

iter training hard and scoring 
rell in all meets, the seven 
ivers competed in the Colonial 
.thletic Association Champion- 
hip in Wilmington, North Car- 
Bina. Taking top honors in the 
|ieet was Fatta, who won both 
le one-meter and the three- 

meter events. Also diving well 
was Farra, who took second on 
both boards. Rounding out the 
meet on one meter were Nelson 
(fourth), Mondini (eighth), 
Weiss (ninth), Miller (sixteenth), 
and Phelan (seventeenth); on 
three meter were Nelson (sixth), 
Weiss (seventh), Mondini (elev- 
enth), Miller (thirteeth), and 
Phelan (seventeenth). 
The next step was to qualify for 
Eastern Coast Championships 
and the NCAA qualifying meet. 
Farra, Weiss, Mondini, Nelson, 
and Fatta all entered the re- 
gional championships. Every- 
one placing in the top three at 
the NCAA qualifying meet con- 
tinued on to the NCAA's, where 
they competed with the nation's 
best. d^Bl 

-C. Miller^ 

he American University divers, were up at 6:15 
a.m.. This gave us just enough time to throw on 
workout clothes and drag ourselves to 6:30 a.m. 
practice. We worked out on tumbling, strength, 
flexibility, and diving in order to achieve maximum 
results. Following practice, everyone went to 

After morning classes or work, all of us piled into an 
AU van and traveled to Rockville for a 2:30 p.m 
practice. After training for two to three hours in 
Rockville, most of us returned home for dinner. 
Some went to evening classes and work, others, to 
study hall. 

Following a strenuous day's activities, we returned 
to our rooms to study some more before climbing 
into bed, exhausted and setting the alarm to rise 
early again the next morning. 
Yet, even with such a rigid schedule, we all still 
found time to enjoy college life and party. On the 
weekends, many of us went dancing or attended 
various neighborhood gatherings. The life of a 
diver wasn't so bad after all. 

-C. Miller 

Athletics ^ 297 

Setting Up For Success 

The Women's Volleyball 
team completed its 1990 
season with a record of 
twenty-nine wins and 
three losses, despite the large 
number of freshmen on the team 
and a five year old athletic pro- 
gram. "Our program being so 
young offered unique op- 
portunities for freshmen and 
new players," said coach Barry 
Goldberg. The Lady Eagles 
ended the successful season by 
winning their own tournament 

Senior setter, Tricia Gilbert lead 
the team with an average of 7.8 

assists per game in 113 games. 
She was the only setter choser 
for the first Colonial Athletic 
Association All-Star Team. 
Karin Churchfield, another 
senior starter, led the team with 
digs as a middle blocker. 
Freshman Natasha Sylvian 
ranked third in the CAA in kills, 
and junior Theresa Flynn sup- 
ported the team with a strong 
outside offense. Sylvain was 
named Player of the Week, twice 
within the first month of the sea- 
son. She was also named to the 
second CAA All-Star Team. 
Practice for the volleyball team 

consisted of three hours a day, 
six days a week. The days that 
they did not practice, the 
women had games. "No practice 
was ever the same. We did a lot 
of drills. It was a big jump from 
high school volleyball to the col- 
lege level," said Freshman Jill 

The small roster of nine players 
gave everyone the opportunity 
to play. According to Goldberg, 
few Division I teams offered 
new players the chance to play, 
since the smaller teams had 
more experienced players. 
The team, however, was not to- 

tally inexperienced. Both se- 
niors had been on the team for 
four years, and a junior for three 
years. Everyone else, however, 
was new to the group. "It took 
time to develop, but by midyear, 
we were where we could be," 
said Goldberg. "They worked 
fairly well together. It took time 
for their personalities to develop 
individually and their roles for 
the team to be determined . Once 
that was done, we could func- 
tion better as a team." ^^^ 
-C. Kovacsm fls 



Blocking!: Two teammates 
work together to prevent a 
spike from the opponent. 

Concentrating On The Next 
Play: A player waits ex- 
pectantly for the next serve. 


Spiking!: The AU Women's 
Volleyball team demonstrates 
their power. (Talon File Photo- 

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Highest Honor 

art of the spirit behind the women's Volleyball team 
was head coach Barry Goldberg. Along with assis- 
tant coaches Kevin Kirk, Bonnie Goldberg, and 
daughter, nine month old Ariel, his expertise and 
understanding of the sport ended the 1990 season 
with a successful 29-3 record and earned him a 
Coach of the Year award. 

Goldberg, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 
graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a 
BA in Communications and Rhetoric in 1984. Dur- 
ing his years there, he played middle blocker and 
setter on the men's varsity volleyball team. During 
the 1985-1986 season, he was the assistant coach for 
the women's team at Pittsburgh. In 1987, he became 
interim head coach for the training season. The fol- 
lowing year, he acted as assistant coach at George- 
town University, also coaching the Capital Junior 
Volleyball Club in D.C.. Goldberg led the 18 and 
under team to first place at the East Coast Junior 
Championships and to 17th place at the Junior Na- 

In 1989, Barry Goldberg came to The American Uni- 
versity. As the volleyball program was still young, 
Goldberg began building it. He worked with nine 
individuals whose personalities needed time to 
fuse together. Perhaps because of his experience 
with so many other teams, he was able to help this 
fusion. "Once we [understood] each other's role, 
we began to work more as a team," recalls Gold- 

After hard work and successful results, Goldberg 
was awarded 1990 Coach of the Year by the Colonial 
Athletic Association. 

Coach Goldberg put time into his team. That time 
has made him proud of the women's accomplish- 
ments, and those accomplishments have made the 
team proud of him. 

-C. Kovacs 

Athletics ^ 293 

The Making of a Tradition 

Anew tradition has 
begun. For the first 
year in The American 
• University's history, 
the Sports and Recreation De- 
partment boasted a women's 
varsity soccer team. Their 11-3-1 
record was a surprise to both the 
coaches and players. "At the 
start, a personal goal was to 
have fun, develop, and to im- 
prove their skills both individu- 
ally and collectively. It was fun 
most of the time and the results 
were improvements beyond our 
expectations. It obviously 
showed in their record," said 
coach Pete Mehlert. 
The decison to field a varsity 
team was made in January 1990. 
It was created due to the interest 
and enthusiasm of women's 
club players of past years. Upon 
the acceptance of the coaching 
positions, Mike Brady and 
Mehlert began last minute re- 
cruitment. Rushing to catch up 
on lost time, they wrote and 
called perspective candidates. 

Urgent Anticipation: A player 
races to intercept a pass. 
(Talon File Photograph) 


Frozen Moment: 24 speed 
dribbles down the field during 
a fast break. (Talon File Photo- 

Team Unity: Sideline support 
from the entire team builds 
morale and increases cohe- 
siveness. (Talon File Photo- 

"Our contacts with other 
coaches came in helpful in gath- 
ering names and statistics on 
possible players and making the 
selections," said Mehlert. 
"Pete saw me play in a tourna- 
ment and gave my father in- 
formation on AU. We visited in 
April and talked to him again. I 
was offered a scholarship. I 
looked at other schools too, and 
when I made my decision, he 
sent the contract, and I signed 
it," said Michelle Kaplan. 
Mehlert felt the best games were 
played against regionally 
ranked teams such as George 
Washington University, James 
Madison University, and The 
University of Maryland at Bal- 
timore. The AU Women's Vol- 
leyball team also shutout nation- 
ally ranked Division III teams 
such as Trenton State and Cath- 
olic University. Mehlert be- 
lieved that eventually the Eagles 
would be able to compete with 
any ranked team, both region- 
ally and nationally. 

The women's team had begun a 
strong tradition at The American 
University, and demonstrated 
that working together achieved 
success. Transfer student Mona 
Straussburger brought experi- 
ence as a goal keeper, which 
Mehlert said was vital at the Di- 
vision I level. Freshman Liz Pike 
was the leading scorer with 22 

"Liz was all-around everything 
in high school and continued 
her success at the college level," 
said Mehlert. 

"Most of us were freshmen so 
we'll be really good next year. At 
first we were shaky, and lost the 
first two games, but then we 
started to come together," said 
Liz Pike. Mehlert also credited 
Janelle Langen and Kristin Robl 
for strong, aggressive play and 
"adding spark to the team". 
"The program is still in its in- 
fancy," said coach Pete Mehlert, 
with a smile, "but there is tre- 
mendous potential." ^to^ 
Jones ^B^^ 

294 ^ Talon 

New Leader 

he women's soccer team had a sensational season 
under coach Pete Mehlert with a 1 1 -3-1 record and a 
spot in the NCAA's Division 1 Northeastern Re- 
gion's Top Ten. After this season, Mehlert resigned 
coaching women's soccer due to the time demands 
in juggling two soccer teams, men's and women's. 
He will still coach the men's team. 
Michael Brady, who had acted as assistant coach on 
the men's soccer team, was appointed head coach 
for the women's team. Brady played soccer at AU 
from 1981 to 1985. He was named to the All- 
American team for three consecutive years, in addi- 
tion to breaking the AU season scoring record twice 
as a senior. Brady was also named NCAA and CAA 
Player of the Year during his time at AU. 
Mehlert said of Brady, "His game experience com- 
bined with his coaching ability make him a valuable 
addition to the women's soccer program." 

-Staff Writer 

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The American University Alumni Association 
Salutes Our New Alumni-The Class of 1991 

Welcome to the Alumni Association. Once you get settled into your new life away from the university, let us know where 
you are and what you are doing. We can then keep you up-to-date on what's going on at your alma mater, in the alumni 
association, and with alums from your class or in vour part of the country. 

Here are just some of the benfits vou are entitled to as an A.U. alum: 

ALUMNI CHAPTERS: In Washington and throughout the country there are alumni chapters and committees organized to 
create a cohesive and supportive network for AU alums. There are many active regional and special interest groups which 
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these alumni groups, watch for vour American magazine and check the "Alumni Chapter and Group News" section or 
contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (202)885-5960. 

PUBLICATIONS: Quarterly issues of the alumni magazine, American, will keep you up-to-date on The American 
University and alumni activities happening in Washington and around the country. The magazine will continue to arrive at 
your home as long as we have your current address. 

ALUMNI AUDIT: Degree holding alumni have the opportunity to enroll in one academic course per semester under the 
alumni audit program. There is a nominal fee of only $50 which goes directly into the Alumni Scholarship Fund. 

LIBRARY PRIVILEGES: You are entitled to use the resources of The American University Library. A separate library card 
for book check-out will be issued to vou at the library upon presenting your AU alumni card-alumni cards are available 
through the alumni office. 

CAREER CENTER SERVICES: The Career Center offers advice and guidance on assessing professional skills, planning a 
career, and conducting a job search. Information can be obtained by calling the Career Center at (202) 885-1800. 

ATHLETIC FACILITIES: Information on alumni membership in the Sports Center Club can be obtained bv calling the 
Department of Sports and Recreation at (202) 885-3000. 

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Congratulations to all your graduates! 


John Bailey 

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Betsy Oilman 

Everyone who donated time, copy, 
and pictures 

for perseverance, the Bailey "4-layout layout", confidence, 
and vacation stories 

for painting the office, cool ties, quick results, and 

for confrontation skills 

because you laugh like a seal and act like a Mom 

for helping finish the book 

for last minute photos, film, supplies, great 
photographers, and professionalism 

for patience with photographers, interesting quotes, and 
continued support 

because you proved that administators still care about The 

because we thanked Todd and you're his boss 

for the money to produce the book 

for keeping the money clean 

for all the free stuff 

for the pictures, information, writers, laughs, and for 
giving us our pencil sharpener back 

for photos 

for finding purchase orders, check reqisitions, and other 
miscelleneous items, and for keeping Scott sane 

for all the favors from Alumni Relations 

for all the help with the Hall Portraits 

for giving us interesting topics to write about 

for being a model for stress bunnies worldwide 

for the time, copy, and pictures 


(in vertical columns from top to, 
bottom) First Column (far left):! 
Sharon M. Lindsey, Editor in 
Chief, Marc Berlin, Business 
Associate, Kevin Westrich, 
World Events Editor, Pam 
Weinsaft (left), Copy Editor, 
Antoinette D'Evita Gonzales 
(right), Office Manager. Second 
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Kokinos, Associate Editor, Catherine Kovacs, Academia Co-Editor, Scott Cook, Organizations Co- 
iitor. Third Column: Katie Soderman, Photography Editor, Kim Trusty, Public Relations/Marketing 
irector, David Leritz, Academia Co-Editor, Eden Schwartz (left), Organizations Co-Editor, Katie 

derman. Fourth Column: C. Milton Beeghly, Photography Editor, Amy Lampert, International Flair 
uitor, Christie Fields, Greeks Editor. Fifth Column: Lisa McGarry, Metro Co-Editor, Heidi Wunder, 
[etro Co-Editor, Nesvi Paradis, Campus Assistant Editor, Chrisine Bolles (left), Campus Editor, Scott 
:rman. Sixth Column: Joan Lindsey, Sharon Lindsey, and Robert Lindsey, The Massachusetts 
nnex, Sara Miller, Athletics Editor, Katherine Morrison, Spring Arts Editor, Raine Riggs, Fall Arts 
ditor. Seventh Column: Matthew Padula, Photographer, Kari Odden, Photographer, Adam Jacob- 
;n, Contributing Editor, Julie Suk, Fall Assistant Arts Editor. Eighth Column: Jennifer Surwillo, 
hotographer, Tariq Sheikh, Photographer, Conventional Wisdom Watch. 


Clara Shockley 
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Mindy MiDington, Sean OConner, 
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Copy Editors 

Shannon Ayres, Antoinette 

D'Evita Gonzales, Linda Howard, 

topher Kain, Christopher 

Scott Lerman, Joan 

Inert Lindsey, Sharon 

Siobhan McGowan, 

. i tgton, Ken Nielson, 

Betsy Oilman, Matthew Padula, 

Clara Shockley, Pam Weinsaft. 

Scott Beckworlh, Jason C. Burke, 
Rick Doyle, Cara Cilbride, Jules 
Hulton, Kari Odden, Mattthew 
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Bubba The Love Sponge . . . "Twelve Inch Records" . . . sand- 
wiches under the vent . . . Conventional Wisdom Watch . . . prac- 
tice layouts ... the Koosh ball . . . sticky lifesavers . . . Madonna's 
underwear . . . ACP Convention . . . warped croppers that didn't 
work . . . Gloria, our favorite Servicemaster employee . . . contact 
sheets, contact sheets, and more contact sheets ... the mascot . . 
making sheets ... the MGC ledge ... the office Golden Rule 
(which was never used, by the way) . . . missing photos, missing 
copy missing people . . . photo request forms . . . Unsung Hero 
Award (stop blushing, Katie) . . . Talon Nights Out . . . "Doin' the 
Gigolo" . . production weekends . . . gaining $7375 from the GA 
Secret Santas : . . Raine after the 4 P's . . . ugly mauve curtains 
."step left, around, and together with the right". . .Jeffery's. . . 
Mu Gamma Chi . . . notes on Todd's window . . . "Everybody 
Dance Now!" ... the end o' year bash . . . 




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•ditor dreams of w ri t: n : a powerful and meaningful Editor's Note that will knock everyone off his or her feet. I'm not sure if 
this one wiU do that exact: but even if itdoesrvU, when you see me in the halls, could you just trip and make me think that it did? 
. For the past year (well, longer than that), the Talon has been my life. My entire existence revolved around 228 Mary Graydon 
Center. On the surface sometimes, the result seems small. Everyone who helped put it together, however, would say differently. 
Regardless, what you hold in your hands now is the result of over a year's worth of time committment, missed classes, and hard/; 
work by many- 1L -''\ Vf^^KaC // 

For me, this book represents many things which I'm sure I will drool on about soon. But most of all, it does and always has 
represented The American University. It is you-yes, you . We, the staff, tried to capture university life as you would want to see it, 
tor you are university life, with itsf ups, downs, "Sod, and bad times. 

Now that the production of the book (what I considered to be my baby for over a year) is finally completed, it is given to you 
wholeheartedly. You can use it as a book end, dinner tray, or even as a table decoration. But I hope that once in a while, you will 
take it off your shelf, wipe off that inch or two of dust, and flip through the pages, remembering the tiine that you spent at The 
American University. 

Talon '91 brought to me and represents the joy, sorrow, frustration, pain, confusion— plus, countless emotions that it would take 
forever to list. I will always remember the good times spent in 228 Mary Graydon Center-fun times with friends. I will never forge 
the bad times, for from these I will learn. I pray also, that others learn as well. 

Without the love and support of many people, I would never have accomplished the task I originally set out to do-to edit Talon '91. 
I owe a special thanks to many people, so bear with me. 

John, thank you for your patience, guidance, and helpful talks. Your belief in my ability, especially through all tl 
helped me not to lose confidence in myself. Without you, this book would not be in your hands today. 
Jim, what can I say. You're incredible! Not only do you paint offices, get film and supplies in a matter of days, and wear j 
you're an invaluable friend as well. Thank you. Now ... if only you were a bit younger . . . Ooops! Is Patty reading this too? . 
knew I could get you to laugh) 

Clara, when I chose you as advisor, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. JUST KIDDING! Actually, I'm sure it was the other 
way around. I'm sorry this was a rough first year, but I thank you for your guidance, support, and caring, especially toward the 

Sparky, I'll always remember the good times with you. I looked forward to visiting you each day, not only so I could get out of my 
office, but so I could play with your . . . your Slinky. What were you expecting me to say, Hmmmm?! Your constant belief in me, 
despite a few disagreements, meant the world to me. You make an excellent Mom, and an even better friend. 

f* Matt, just knowing you were a part of my life helped me through countless days and bad times. I'm sorry mv involvement caused 
us so much pain. I'll always love you. 

f Sco^ L,,^ou're the best! And, we make one hell of a team! Thanks for your hard work, encouraging words, keeping me in line, and 
thanks/for definitely keeping me sane with lots of laughs and dinners at the Silver Diner and countless other places. I wonder if 
Jamie was right?! . . . Naaaah! But, you know something, we kick -ss!! 
Tariq, I don't know how to thank you. Our friendship has grown tremendously throughout the year. You have constantly been 

r there for me. Two. words are not enough to express my gratitude and love. | 
Scott R.,*each night Hooked forward to seeing your smiling face in Centennial. You made me laugh, smile, and forget the harsh 
realities of what I faced each day. Your constant backrubs, caring words, and hugs meant more to me than you could ever know. 
Without you, I would not have made it through the end of the year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
Katie, your dedication was more than anyone could have hoped for. Without yOur skills and committment, there would be no 
photographs in this book. And, of course, who could forget Spring Break?! You ARE the Talon's Unsung Hero. 
Amy, Scott C, Heidi, Christie, Kevin, Adam, and David, thank vou for your dedication and determination in finishing as much as 
humanly possible before the end of the year. You all are truly gifted. I'll miss seeing each of you in £he office. 
To those on the staff who cared greatly for my well-being, Thank you. I love you all for your concern. 

Chris B., despite constant games of phone tag, I knew you were always there to support me. Some day, I'll give you the full story, 
but that would take a while. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck, and I know you'll be fantastic in your career and everything 
else— after all, who did I learn from? (Ha!Ha!) r- ""£ .-** s&^ml 

Carol V., although you did not know it (or maybe you did), you gave me the most important gift of all-the ability to enjoy dance 
once again. Thank you. 

To everyone who supported me throughout the year-Betsy Oilman, Siobhan McGowan, Shannon Ayres, Anne Taylor, Mauri 
O'Connell, Darion Carney, Mary Mendelson, Lou Anne Caliguiri, Amy Brown, Scott Greenspan, Bruce Knight, and Arlene 
Arzote, your friendships will be treasured. Each one of you helped contribute to the success of this book. 
Gemma, Colleen, Abe, Omar, and everyone at Da Vor, you are great! Thanks for the last minute orders, prints, and supplies, chats 
on the phone, devotion to service, and fantastic photographs. Omar, thanks for your patience, company, and talent. I will try to 
keep in touch with all of you. BfiD^^^iSMWm* 

Last but definitely not least, a very special thanks goes to my family, also known as The Massachusetts Annex. Your love, support, 
encouraging words, and cute notes kept me going throughout the year. Your expertise, help, and computer (I didn't forget you, 
JP), made punching this book possible. Now that vou hold it in your hands, I know you feel some of the pride that I do. In some 
ways, it does make it all worth it. 


Talon '91, Volume 65, is the undergraduate yearbook of The American 
University. The book was published by Jostens Publishing Company, 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

Each copy contains 336 pages, 16 pages in four-color. Pages 1-16 were 
printed on lustro paper. Pages 17-32 were printed on Hunter Natural 
Elite. The remainder of the book was printed on Dull Enamel paper. A 
total of 1000 copies were printed. 

The cover was designed by Sharon M. Lindsey and Christopher L. 
Kokinos. It is maroon 541 with a marble four-color tip on. The grain is 
cordova 1174. The Talon logo is an original trademark, designed by Chris- 
topher L. Kokinos. 

Endsheets are cream 293 stock, printed over in flat black ink. Patterns on 
the endsheets are printed in black varnish. Spot color on pages 1-16 is 
PMS 194. 

The trim size is 9 x 12- All copy was submitted on Auto Copy I. Body copy 
is 10 point Palatino, set 2 point leaded. Opening copy was written by Amy 
Lampert, Scott Lerman, Sharon M. Lindsey, and Tariq H. Sheikh. Clos- 
ing copy was written by Scott Lerman, Sharon M. Lindsey, and Tariq H. 
Sheikh. The opinions expressed are those of the authors exclusively. 
Copies of Talon '91 sold for $35. The total operating budget was $56,000. 
DaVor Photography, Inc. photographed graduating seniors and under- 
graduates. All color prints were developed by DaVor Photography, Inc. 
and Colorfax Laboratories. 

Additional specifications available upon request: 228 Mary Graydon Cen- 
ter, The American University, Washington, D.C., 20016. 

definitive opinions from 
people. In this past year, | 

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mersed in buzzwords. 
When George Bush 
speaks of a " recession," 
economists come out of 
the woodwork to express 
their belief on the subject. 
And at The American Un- 
iversity, we have a 
buzzword: "communi- 
ty". ^ Whenever some- 
thing goes right at AU, it 
is attributed to "us com- 
ing together as a com- 
munity" in order to strive 
towards a common goal. 
Administrators, faculty, 
staff, and students are 
asked to join together as a 
community. New and 
prospective students are 
asked to join our com- 
munity. It's all so cozy. 
There's just one small 
problem. Is AU a com- 
munity? What is a com- 

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munity? Do we want to 
be a community? and if 
not, what are we 
anyway? H AU is not a 
community. In the past 
year, we seem to have 
flippantly used the word 
"community 77 as a syn- 
onym for the word 
" group" in order to make 
the university seem like a 
closely bonded unit. 

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work from within. In a 
community, there needs 
to be a unified body of in- 
dividuals, everyone with 
a common interest and 
character. The only thing 
that we as students have 
in common is that each of 
us attends The American 
University. Each member 
of the faculty, staff, and 
administration are em- 
ployees of The American 
University. We do not 
have a common interest, 
nor do we have a com- 
mon character. There- 
fore, we are not a com- 

Epilogue ^ 325 

munity. fl The American 
University is not de- 
signed to be a community 
in the truest sense of the 
word. Students do not 
attend AU to be a part of a 
community. Further, the 
educational mission of 
AU does not lend itself at 
all to becoming a com- 
munity. When Richard 
Berendzen became AU 
president in 1980, he had 
a vision. That was to 
erase our image as a 
"party school" and to 
make The American Uni- 
versity reputable, known 
locally, nationally, and 
internationally as a fine 
institute of higher learn- 
ing. Eleven years later, 
we can say that Dr. Ber- 
endzen achieved his 
goal, fl However, in 
doing so, The American 
University affirmed itself 
as a place without com- 
munity. AU prides itself 
as a place that offers great 
opportunities for off- 

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campus education. One 
of the great draws of AU 
is the opportunity for co- 
ops and internships, 
coupled with an extra- 
ordinary World Capitals 
program. Admissions 
officers sell AU as a place 
where Washington, D.C. 
is our second campus. 
We truly enjoy our loca- 
tion and utilize it to its 
greatest advantage. 
Community is fostered 
from within. The 
American University 
challenges us to reach 
to outside resources dur- 
ing the discovery of edu- 
cation. It seems that 
while AU tries to build a 
community, its educa- 
tional mission destroys it 
simultaneously. K Aside 
from emphasizing edu- 
cational developement 
off-campus, AU em- 
phasizes individuality. 
Interdisciplinary majors 
and relatively leniant 
major requirements al- 

Epilogue ^ 329 

lowing for double and 
triple majors, create 
unique graduates with 
individual interests. The 
American University 
fosters this, and in doing 
so, compromises com- 
munity. If However, 
some people at AU have 
proven that they can 
come together and work 
towards a common goal. 
These are the student 
leaders, the faculty 
leaders, selected staff, 
and certain adminis- 
trators. These select few 
may be a community in 
some respects. But a true 
AU community is not 
solely made up of leaders 
who represent the 
masses. The AU com- 
munity is the masses- 
each student, each staff 
member, each member of 
the faculty, and each and 
every administrator. 
Until we can find a way to 
involve all these people 
in the decision making 

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process, we are not, and 
will not be a community. 
^[What we are, how- 
ever, is a mosaic. There 
are nearly 15,000 (per- 
haps more) people asso- 
ciated with AU in some 
way, shape, or form. 
Each of these individuals 
input their own ideas in 
creating one big picture. 
Skeptics may claim that 
the AU mosaic has a large 
black hole in it due to 
apathy. They may claim 
that people come to 
AU only because they 
are waiting to go some- 
where else. In some 
ways, the skeptics are 
correct. Hit's not so 
much that we have 
apathetic people at AU. 
Merely, what they place 
as being most important 
to them may not neces- 
sarily be attending a 
basketball game, getting 
involved in student gov- 
ernment, or even show- 
ing school spirit. Some 
students get involved in 
on-campus activities. 

Epilogue v- 333 

Others focus their en- 
ergies on getting jobs and 
internships. Still others 
place emphasis on going 
to classes and studying. 
Each of these people feel 
that they are getting a 
quality education, ^f 
What's really important 
to remember is that de- 
spite the fact that AU is 
not a community, we are 
an institution with a fine 
academic reputation, fl 
But what of our own com- 
munity? Right now, we 
don't have one. And it 
appears that despite the 
administrators' wish to 
enhance the university's 
sense of community, we 
will not become one in 
the future. As we con- 
tinue on the path of aca- 
demic excellence, making 
our mark on the city, the 
nation, and the world, 
we pay the price of losing 
our own community. Is 
this so terrible? 

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"You cannot walk the 

middle of the road 

holding hands with 

tradition on one side 

and modernism on the 

other. You have to 

make a choice. " 

- Alvin E. Rolland